Wednesday, February 03, 2010
A couple of days ago, I watched "Inglourious Basterds", Quinton Tarantino's latest effort. First, I'd like to say that I did not misspell the title. Tarantino did. And, he says he'll never explain why "Inglourious" was spelled that way, but that "Basterds" is just the way the word is pronounced.
Apparently, the movie answered the question, "What if there were two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's leadership and both plots succeeded?"
Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), was the leader of a group of Jewish Allied Solders, whose sole raison d'etre was to "kill Nazis", and collect their scalps. I thought that Brad Pitt bore a strong resemblance to Marlon Brando's character in "The Godfather." This may or may not have been on purpose. As a matter of fact, he sounded like a redneck version of Vito Corleone. And, the scar that looked as though it stretched from ear to ear was never explained.
The other plot was planned by a young French Jewish movie house owner bent on avenging her family and others who had been slaughtered by Nazi soldiers. Christopher Waltz played a German Lieutenant who ordered the slaughter. The part was played brilliantly by Waltz, and he may just win an Oscar for it.
"Inglourious Basterds" is the first Quentin Tarantino movie I have ever understood. This worries me.