Thelongestfilm.com – Review Inglourious Basterds. The world has recorded a dark history that has passed by mankind called the World War. It has happened twice, humanity must take a long time to recover and be able to live in peace.
The reason that, in addition to the millions of people who became victims, the environment also damaged due to the use of nuclear weapons in the Second World War.
The Second World War is one of the stories that is often told in films. Apart from the fact that the time not too far from the modern era, the cruelty still felt.
One group that is often exposed is the Nazis, who are considered to be the trigger for the Second World War. In the film Inglorious Basterds, a group of soldiers assigned to hunt down Nazis. Here is the synopsis and review of the film:
Review Inglourious Basterds
- Year of release: 2009
- Genre: war, drama
- Production: A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica
- Director: Quentin Tarantino
- Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Melanie Laurent
In 1941, Hans Landa, who the leader of the Nazis in occupying France, assigned to exterminate the Jews. One day, he interrogates a farmer, Perrier, to find a Jewish family, the Dreyfuses.
Landa rewarded him for not killing Perrier if he told where the Dreyfuses were. Soldiers guarding Landa shot at the floor of Perrier’s house and killed the Dreyfuses. Shosanna, daughter of Dreyfuses, managed to escape.
Three years later, Aldo Raine, who is a lieutenant in the American military, recruits soldiers of Jewish descent to serve in France. He wanted the Nazi soldiers to feel horror. The trick is to skin the heads of Nazi members they meet.
Raine’s squad consists of Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz, Hugo Stiglitz, and Wilhelm Wicki. They named their group the Basterds. In Germany, Adolf Hitler interrogates a soldier who survived the Basterds attack.
The soldier said that Raine deliberately carved the Swastika logo on his forehead so that he would known as a Nazi for the rest of his life. He was freed to send the message that the Basterds could act brutally.
Shosanna takes on a new identity for the Nazi
In Paris, Shosanna assumes a new identity, namely Emmanuelle Mimieux, with a job as a cinema owner. He met by Fredrick Zoller, a Nazi sniper who had killed 250 allied soldiers.
Zoller starred in a Nazi propaganda film. Feeling attracted to the figure of Emmanuelle, Zoller urged Nazi officials to play the premiere of his film at Emmanuelle’s cinema.
Landa meets with Emmanuelle to make sure her cinema is able to accommodate Nazis and high-ranking dignitaries. Emmanuelle managed to hide her true identity.
Feeling a grudge against the Nazis, Emmanuelle invites her boyfriend, Marcel, who is of African descent and a cinema projector worker, to set fire to the cinema during a screening. Moreover, Hitler rumored to be attending.
Archie Hicox, a lieutenant assigned to lead the allied army attack mission to the cinema, which will attended by Hitler, He and his team worked with German actor Bridget von Hammersmark, who served as a spy.
While discussing plans to attack a nightclub, two Nazi officers discovered that they were not German.
Gunfights between the Nazis and allied soldiers led by Hicox ensued, leaving Wilhelm, a Nazi member, and von Hammersmark, who injured in the leg. Raine had come to the scene to negotiate with Wilhelm to free von Hammersmark.
After shooting Wilhelm, Raine tortures von Hammersmark, whom he thinks is setting Hicox up. The torment stopped after Von Hammersmark pledged his allegiance to the mission.
Raine decides to go on a raid mission to a movie theater with Donowitz and Omar Ulmer. The three of them, along with von Hammersmark, went to the cinema and finally met Landa in person.
Review Inglourious Basterds: Perfect Cast Lineup Utilization
Looking at the cast list for Inglourious Basterds, we will recognize many famous actors. There are Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth to Daniel Bruhl who have criss-crossed the world of film.
Uniquely, with that long line, they are each given a portion that has a direct influence on the story. Pitt appears dominant as Raine who is the protagonist. Waltz becomes Landa who is the antagonist.
Kruger plays von Hammersmark who paved the way for The Basterds’ plan to execute Hitler. Fassbender, who has the least amount of screen time, given the opportunity to shine by pretending to be a Nazi soldier.
With a large number of characters, this film uses a relatively slow tempo. As is typical for Tarantino, the characters are given clever long dialogues.
The dialogues are not only to deepen each character, but also to build a story that can maximized in the third act. This film does not present many brutal scenes but when they do appear, the brutality maximized.
Review Inglourious Basterds: Insertion of Comedy Elements
In the early scene, there is Landa arguing over the milk that Pierre is serving with the Basterds, who don’t like the nicknames attached to them, and Landa, who doesn’t know how to pronounce Bingo correctly.
The comedy shown in this film is not the typical ridiculous one. The moment of its appearance is also very difficult to predict. Some even appeared when the situation was tense.
That makes this film so different from most war films. The comedy that presented does not make this film lose its essence as a war film.
One example of brilliant comedy in this film is when Raine and his two men met Landa at the premiere of the film. Those who pretend to work as stuntmen inevitably have to use an Italian accent. In the midst of Landa’s tense conversation to fight his suspicions, Raine let out an American accent.
Cinematographically, Tarantino has succeeded in presenting an amazing film. The camera made to work very precisely. There is a close-up scene that highlights Emmanuelle’s tense expression for fear of being exposed.
Beautiful performance by Christoph Waltz
Brad Pitt may have been the protagonist by playing Aldo Raine, but Inglorious Basterds seems like the Christoph Waltz show to show off his brilliance.
Waltz, who plays Hans Landa, can look neat by using a German accent when speaking English. Even with the way he conveys the dialogue convincingly,
Waltz’s greatness can seen in the way Landa is portrayed. Nicknamed The Jew Hunter, Landa is a sadistic, high-ranking Nazi.
The words spoken and the expression of laughter when talking can make us feel uncomfortable. Even his dry laugh seemed to strengthen the terrifying figure behind it.