My blog is about the scenic, stressful, spectacular life (and everything screwy in between) of a
California girl turned expat transplanted to the land down under: North Queensland, Australia.

September 10, 2010

Hed’s Friday Flick.


We are still in the renting DVD’s mood over here in Australia, so here goes another edition of “Hed’s Friday Flick”. Yay!

The movie I am reviewing is “Inglourious Basterds” (my spell-check is going crazy with the spelling of the movie title). It is directed by Quentin Tarantino, and as much as I would give the movie 10 Hed stars just for Tarantino, nonetheless I actually watched it. The movie is set in the 1940’s in France during World War II (for the people that don’t remember their history-hi Americans!-Nazi Germany occupied France in WWII). The story starts with some cars arriving on a French countryside dairy farm, and the SS Colonel Hans Landa (played by Christolph Waltz, who won the Oscar for this movie and DAMN WELL DESERVED IT!) being very courteous while interrogating the man of the house about Jews in the area. During the first ten minutes of the movie, you are already sucked in at the suspense because the camera pans down to the floorboards and you see a small family covering their mouths in terror because they know they will die if they get caught. I won’t give away any more story because the whole movie is suspenseful-lots of double-crossing and concealed identities.

My husband complained that there was too much dialogue in the movie, but as any Tarantino buff will tell you, dialogue is what makes a Tarantino movie! Think about it: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs etc., those movies are 85% talking, and yet the movie is still gold. Also there are “chapters” in this movie, another Tarantino staple, and different story arcs which all come to a head at the end. The main storylines involve Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt, who is hilariously redneck) and his group of Jewish soldier-vigilantes, and a French woman who owns a cinema with a background of her own.

I promise you don’t have to be a history, war, or Tarantino buff to like this movie, it’s very good-funny bits mixed in with suspense and drama, and a lot of gore. Yes, gore. It gets a little gruesome, but I guess that’s expected in any war movie? Oh, P.S. the storyline is fake lol (yes, at first I thought it may have been based on a true story, I am American). If it was, that would be a great history book!

I give this movie 8 hed stars. ««««««««

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