Inglourious Basterds movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This long, violent and striking epic created by Quentin Tarantino is also entertaining revenge plot. Although there’s some slow talk sequences, Inglourious Basterds is utterly exciting and truly brilliant.


During the Nazi-occupied WWII, a group of Jewish soldiers go on an undercover mission to assassinate the Hitler and his Nazis. Meanwhile, a theatre owner wants to avenge the death of her family from a German officer.

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent, B. J. Novak
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date (Australia): 3 August 2009
Runtime: 152 minutes/2h 32m
Genre: Adventure, War, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English, German, French, Italian


Themes (M)

Thematic material includes revenge, torture and Holocaust themes.

Violence (MA15+)

There are depictions large bloody sprays during scenes in which people are shot and killed. There are also depictions of people being scalped.

Coarse Language (M)

Contains occasionally aggressive use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of mild coarse language including “s**t”, “damn”, “hell” and “ass”.

Sex (M)

The film contains a brief scene depicting implied anal sex.

mpaa rating

R (for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Tarantino is always perfect at simply going and mashing everything up, but his vengeful and assassinating Basterds are bloody, funny and striking. Fans of successful writer and director Tarantino’s style will know just what do expect, but that doesn’t make it anywhere near predictable or less gratifying. He knows how to roll and scatter the plot so that it’s totally out of place, and he does so in a way that’s wildly entertaining.

Inglourious Basterds can easily just be seen as the director’s take on the world war II-set France and his revenge on the Nazis. It’s a pretty basic way of describing the film, especially considering that it’s almost perfect, but Tarantino’s filmmaking is the catch! Brad Pitt flawlessly stages the lead of the Basterds, who are a group out to assassinate Nazis and Hitler. But the most brilliant and breath-taking acting comes from an underrated Christoph Waltz.

Alike every other Tarantino movie, the stories are always quite lengthy, twisty, violent and talky. However, the typical slow scenes that fill themselves with conversation are actually extremely moving and well-paced before they reach the moments of big shootouts. This movie has insanely awesome action, but the plot-related dialogue is where all the treasure is hidden.

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