On the Couch #3: Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds is Tarantino’s takes on the World War Two adventure film. It’s like Indiana Jones by way of Reservoir Dogs. If you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino, you’ll find more to like here. If you’re not a fan of the violence that characterizes Tarantino’s movies, this is one to be avoided. It’s not as over-the-top violent as the Kill Bill movies, but it’s easily as bloody as either Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction.
Looking at the poster, you really have no excuse for not thinking it’s going to get bloody.

What sets this film apart from most World War 2 movies, the characters here speak their native languages. Unlike Valkyrie’s Germans who all spoke English with American or British accents, in Inglourious Basterds, the Germans speak German, the French speak French and the Americans speak very butchered Italian. It’s worth watching this movie just to hear Brad Pitt’s character, Lt. Aldo Raine, say “buongiorno” with a heavy southern twang.

The movie tells two stories, both of revenge. The Basterds are a group of Jewish American soldiers who go to Europe with one mission, killin’ Nazis. The second story revolves around Shoshana, an orphan of the war, who hatches a plan to avenge the murder of her family by the Nazis. Both sets of protagonists are instantly relatable. This is due to who they are fighting. It’s impossible to root for the Nazis in any movie, they represent the worst in man, especially here. The opening scene, showing Shoshana’s origin, is one of the most tense movie scenes I’ve seen in a long time.  Christoph Waltz is despicable as main bad guy Col. Hans Landa. If Sherlock Holmes were a Nazi with a mean streak, he’d be Col. Hans Landa. The pure evil of the Nazis gives a very visceral pleasure to watching the Basterds collect their scalps.

Like I said before, if you’ve liked any of Tarantino’s films in the past, you’ll find more to like here.

I downloaded a cool iPhone app at the start of the movie. It’s called Pocket BLU. If you have an iPhone or iTouch and a wi-fi enabled blu-ray player, download this app! It turns your iPhone into a remote control for your blu-ray player.

Pocket BLU also tells you how much time is left in the movie on your phone’s screen. It also has unlockable content for each disc that supports it, letting you watch a lot of the disc’s bonus features right on your phone. Best part? It’s free.