Inglourious Basterds (2009)

This is a great movie. I will watch it again. I will have a fresh report when that happens. For now, just watch it!

Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and Prfc. Smithson Utivich (B.J. Novak)

[20100315 10:37PM]

Disclaimer: I wrote a lot below, and would like to clean it up, but for now will leave it more raw than refined.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie, but by the end of the film I was trying to make sense of it all, especially the ending.

First, were all the deaths in the movie meaningful? After all, it's a Quentin Tarantino movie (for me, Django Unchained (2012), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) & Vol. 2 (2004), and Reservoir Dogs (1992) come to mind).

Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) and Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl)

Ignoring that question, I decided to focus on Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). We're introduced to Col. Landa in the first part of the movie and learn he's known as "The Jew Hunter." In the first part of the movie he talks about how he embraces it but at the end of the movie he complains about it a little.

At the end of the film, we learn that he's willing to put an end to the whole war, but only at a cost. However, it's unclear to me why he'd be interested in such a trade at all. Did he believe that the Germans would ultimately be unsuccessful in the war? I thought someone in his place would relish his position and its perks.

In any case, Col. Landa has the sense that he's made a great deal, but - from what I assume is the intention of the movie - Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) gives viewers a little bit of what they want: justice. It would be justice, because Col. Landa is portrayed as doing his job without remorse.

Col. Hans Landa (Chirstoph Waltz)

But whether or not the ending can be considered justice is debatable. Col. Landa, despite being directly responsible for killing (an estimate) hundreds (possibly thousands) of people, is now placing himself responsible for saving thousands (possibly millions) of lives. This is a technicality, as without his intervention, thousands (possibly millions) of lives would have been saved by the hands of the Inglourious Basterds and/or Shoshanna. Without the technicality, Col. Landa's crimes in the court of law would require punishment, and being branded a Nazi is a punishment that some might consider mild relative to the crimes. However, if one accepts the technicality, there's a question of the total value of his actions. Does saving thousands (or millions) of lives offset a hundred (or thousand) deaths? If someone finds the cure for cancer, are they allowed to murder a couple of people for his/her good deed?

Lt. Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender)

I just wrote a lot of words and I still don't know how I feel about the film morally. Artistically the movie was fantastic. I particularly liked the scene between Col. Landa and Shoshanna over the strudel and cream.* I also loved the different angles and the interplay between the sights and sounds/music.

In conclusion, I would still recommend this movie, but I'm almost certain I have a different opinion of it now than when I saw it over seven years ago.

Remark: This is one of the first twenty or so movie posts on my blog.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 98% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.

Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger)

*Some people mention that the cream is not kosher, but from what I was able to gather on the internet, cream can be kosher.


Instant Comments:
2: Expecting "Grammar Nazi" scene. If not this movie, then which? [Apparently it's a College Humor skit that parodies this scene]
2: I recently saw B.J. Novak in The Founder.
2: She is brave and/or crazy.
2: Mike Myers and Michael Fassbender. I would not have recognized Mike Myers if his name didn't appear in the opening credits. I didn't know Michael Fassbender until his role in Prometheus.
2: Haha. Pauses the sharpening of his knife. "Do I not look calm to you?"
2: Hahaha. "Is that the kind of man you need? Loquacious type?"
2: I'm waiting for the "three" to come up.

General Ed Fenech (Mike Myers)

2: If he doesn't like Scotch, why would he have a high quality bottle of it? Only to share with others?
2: I didn't remember that's how the scene ended (with almost everyone in the basement dead)
2: Haha. "Yeah, we got a word for that kinda odd in English. It's called suspicious."
2: [Had to recreate notes up to here (43 min mark) because my computer restarted, twice, and then a third time, but this time dying. Debugging seems to suggest the PSU is dead. Hopefully that's it. Finish film on laptop.]
2: "What's the American saying? 'If the shoe fits, you must wear it.'"
2: Holy crap. (Strangling)

2: Lol. That headbutt.
2: "Bingo"
2: "If we hear a story that's too good to be true, it ain't."
2: Everybody dying. (Fredrick and Shoshanna) Quentin Tarantino.
2: Lol. The theater is on fire and they're also shooting the Germans anyways.
2: Plus the dynamite.
2: Haha:
Col. Hans Landa: Are you mad? What have you done? I made a deal with your general for that man's life!
Lt. Aldo Raine: Yeah, they made that deal, but they don't give a fuck about him. They need you.
Col. Hans Landa: You'll be shot for this!
Lt. Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.

Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet)


Watched 20100119
Watched 20170602 (Netflix, Instant)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) Quentin Tarantino. 132 min

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Col. Hans Landa: [to Aldo] So you're "Aldo the Apache".
Lt. Aldo Raine: So you're "the Jew Hunter".
Col. Hans Landa: A detective. A damn good dectective. Finding people is my specialty so naturally I work for the Nazis finding people, and yes some of them were Jews. But "Jew Hunter"?
Col. Hans Landa: [reacts in disgust] It's just a name that stuck.
Pfc. Smithson Utivich: Well, you do have to admit, it is catchy.
Col. Hans Landa: Do you control the nicknames your enemies bestow on you? "Aldo the Apache" and "the Little Man"?
Pfc. Smithson Utivich: [confused] What do you mean "the Little Man"?
Col. Hans Landa: Germans' nickname for you.
Pfc. Smithson Utivich: The Germans' nickname for me is "the Little Man"?
Col. Hans Landa: And as if to make my point, I'm a little surprised how tall you were in real life. I mean, you're a little fellow, but not circus-midget little, as your reputation would suggest.

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