Short Inglourious Basterds Review

(no spoilers below)
Last week, I watched Quentin Tarantino's latest movie Inglourious Basterds. Living in a country where it is normal that denoting someone as 'Exile Jew from America' (original: 'Exil-Jude aus Amerika') causes the district attorney's office to think about jailing you (german article) (glorifying the National Socialist German Workers Party is strictly forbidden here), it is always a bit difficult to discuss movies like this.

Personally, I didn't like Tarantino's movie that much, but if you are watching the orignal (=non-dubbed) version and do understand german, than it can be quite entertaining: About one third of the movie is completely in german and in contrast to the usual approach of other movies from Hollywood, they used only native speaking german actors, resulting in an unusual experience: German characters in the movie don't speek 'fake-german' as usual and their dialogs even make sense :)

Inglourious Basterds is fictional, making up a story which cannot be taken seriously, but at some points you can get quite pissed: Like a lot other movies and computer games with a plot from WWII, also this movie tells you that all german soldiers have been Nazis and that it is completely ok to kill all of them, preferably in the most cruel way possible. Thinking that today most people seem to get their education from the movies, it is not surprising that most people have no idea that most people in the Wehrmacht have been normal soldiers and that German Soldier != Nazi.

The movie also has some entertaining parts, but I personally think I should have invested my money in a few good books instead. :)

six comments, already:

gonna go and watch it today. Will let you know what I think. But in general, tarantino movies shouldnt be taken too seriously.
stan () - 26 08 09 - 17:15

I wonder what made niko say that people seem to get their education from the movies… I’d rather say most dumbasses out there get theirs from dumbass stupid TV shows, sadly.

PS: was the ticket price so high? Where I’m from with I’d pay for a book I’d see at least two movies, not the other way around. Not sure if that’s a good thing though… :P
bug-a-lot () (link) - 26 08 09 - 18:25

the ticket price was ok, but the popcorn & drinks finished up our budget.. :)
niko - 26 08 09 - 18:42

Agh, bug-a-lot as stolen words from the tip of my tongue. Or has Austria become that expensive?! :P

Although I have not seen this las one, I just wanted to say that Tarantino is known for being non politically-correct. Furthermore his movies are to be taken with a grain of salt (they are not kids movies).
NeXuS () (link) - 27 08 09 - 08:22

i am austrian and i liked the movie a lot. the german and austrian actors were awesome.

most parts of the movie are very well done and it doesn’t generalize “all germans are nazis” at all in my opinion. there even were germans in the team of the basterds and in the end actually every character in the movie no matter on what side was a “basterd” in some way. :)

about the “exil-jude” saying of some fpö idiot… here is an interesting article:
http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1625345/
otter () - 27 08 09 - 14:34

I watched the movie last week and I really liked it. But I think Tarantino said in some interview that you shouldn’t search for a “deeper meaning” in his movies, so I just used it to get entertained. And if you like his other movies I think you’ll like this one as well. Although it has – as a new “feature” of his movies – a storyline ;)
Brainsaw (link) - 31 08 09 - 07:32


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