Thursday, October 22, 2009
Movie Review. Inglourious Basterds. (2009)
I remember that, back in 1994, I was told that there was a film that I just had to see. It was directed by someone named Quentin Tarantino and the film was calledPulp Fiction. After seeing the film, I knew that I wanted to see more film by this director. After seeing his last film, Inglourious Basterds, I am not sure that I want to see anymore films directed by him.
The film, set in German-occupied France, tells the story of two plots to assassinate the Nazi political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietress, the other by a team of American soldiers called the "Basterds". The team is led by 1st Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt)
While I was watching the film, I kept thinking, "What if this film would have been set in the present day and instead of the Nazi's we are given Al-Qaeda or the Taliban?" This would be a very bold move. Instead we are given the same, tired plot, given that the Nazis were the bogeyman back in 1944. Does Hollywood only consider the past evil men and pretend that the present day evil doesn't exist?
To me this was the main reason why this film failed for me. Since "Pulp Fiction", I have asked Tarantino to always give me another great film. I do not mind the reusing of old ideas into something new but with this film, we are given a lot of recycled material, but nothing new and instead of a new classic film, I see a 2+ hour adult anti-Nazi cartoon.
When you see the film in Korea please remember that the film is in English, French
German and Italian. I do not know if there will be English Subtitles or only Korean ones.
Please pass on this film when it opens in South Korea on 29 October 2009.
Lt. Aldo Raine: You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, Business is a-boomin'.