Inglorious Basterds Movie Review

Ben Malo, Editor

Throughout the past few months, many people have watched for the first time and re-watched some of their favorite movies to help pass the time. Below is a review of a personal favorite made by Hollywood’s mad scientist, Quentin Tarintino. Inglorious Bastards is a movie that allows the viewer to stay remotely sane during this stressful and extremely confusing time. 

Lt. Aldo Rain (left) and “The Bear Jew” (right) played by Eli Roth and Brad Pitt (image courtesy go Google Images)

One of Tarintino’s favorite driving points for a story is the rewriting of history. Tarinto tackles World War 2 in such a beautifully unique way that only Tarinto can pull off. This late 2000 award winner follows two different story lines: one being a special forces group made up entirely of Jews, and the other being about a runaway Jew from rural France. The viewer is first introduced to this special forces group as they are getting debriefed by their John Wayne-esque lieutenant Raine Played by Brad Pitt. Pitt’s character leads this group, nicknamed the “Basterds” by German troops, in a guerilla warfare rampage through the forests of World War 2 France.

We first meet the runaway girl, Shoshana Dreyfus, in one of the greatest scenes Tarintino has put together. In this same scene we meet our antagonist, Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz. The scene begins with Landa entering a man’s home in search of a missing Jew. In an intense stare-down, the man and Landa begin conversing about, you guessed it, milk. Waltz’s character is obviously intelligent and very good at his job, finding Jews. So when Shoshana is able to escape, Landa sets out to make sure she never escapes again. All of this while the Basterds collect Nazi scalps and the legendary “Bear Jew” (brilliantly played by Eli Roth) smash a couple heads in with a baseball bat.

        The film is an exciting adventure that has the viewer on the edge of their seat from start to finish with an Oscar winning performance from Christoph Waltz to cap it off. This is not your normal World War 2 movie, not even close, but it is one of the most creative and fun. All this while paying respect to the gruesome reality of war. 

Visuals: 8/10
Rewatchability: 9.5/10
Creativity: 10/10
Overall: 9/10