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Topic: Inglourious Basterds
Posted: 13 Sep 2009 at 16:08
I am not a big fan of Tarantino and his usual wallowing in gratuitous violence, at least the subject matter of this one seems to offer better justification that his usual offerings.
Unusualy for a modern Hollywood film plenty of time is allowed for interesting and well developed dialouge between the action sequences. The violence of the action is not actualy as bad as some reviews suggest and certainly not as graphic as many other films.
It could be seen as just another Rambo/Top Gun style promotion of assumed US superiority or yet another expression of the US's conviction that only they can be trusted to identify and stamp out evil in the world. However Tarantino's well developed sense of black humour and irony rescue it from usual run of the mill gung-ho jingoism.
The final shootout cleverly contrasting the voyeurism of the leading Nazis cheering on the slaughter of their enemies with the parallel pleasures taken by The Basterds (and perhaps by us as an audience) in the slaughter of those same Nazis.
Perhaps the best support for the film comes from the forums of of a well known extreme right website:-
"I think Inglorious basterds looks insulting. My grandmother actually cried seeing the commercial, her father worked at a concentration camp, and many other family members served in the third reich. It looks like all it's about is mocking Hitler and the third reich." (genuine post from ScumFront forum)
Some more sane reviews:-
Rolling Stone review
Edited by myshkin - 07 Nov 2013 at 02:16
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