Friday, March 12, 2010

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

!!! Seen it in October 2009 !!!
(and have no intention on watching again :P )

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich. [imdb]

Nominated for 8 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Director: Quentin Tarantino
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (WINNER)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound
Best Sound Editing

Isn't it funny how Inglourious Basterds could've had at least 11 nominations? Most of us also expected it to get Art Direction, Costume Design and Supporting Actress Diane Kruger (who would've been far more deserving than 80% of the final line-up). And I actually expected it to also win Original Screenplay, not just Supporting Actor. Christoph Waltz was the obvious predictable choice; not sure he was the best, but he did give a strong fascinating performance. So in some ways, his win if fully deserved.
The movie itself is kind of violent, but mostly entertaining. To me the weakest points were all those Hitler scenes. And the best ones: anything with Melanie Laurent or Diane Kruger in it. Melanie's character is supporting (she gives a very very good performance), but I'm sure she was very close of getting a Best Actress nomination instead of Helen Mirren. I would've wanted the film to be more historically correct, but hey... in a strange way, I still love Tarantino. He does his sh!t and does it good.
My rating for the film: 8/10. Inconsistent, but strangely a breath of fresh air. Who would've thought he'd be such a strong contender back in the summer, after mixed reviews?!

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