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Date Movie Pick This Week – Inglourious Basterds

August 28, 2009
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While this is not quite the typical romantic comedy that many of our friends would assume is a great movie, I have to say that I think there is a lot more than meets the eye.  The film itself and the history behind it are great catalysts for conversation especially for a well-prepared guy with real insight into the background of the movie and the war.

The Review

I saw it recently and really like it.  If you are a fan of Tarantino’s attention to detail, contemporary style and inclination towards a bit of shock-value gore, this movie is something you will love.  It has all of that in spades, without being over the top or too self-indulgent.  The only downside I’d point out is that this a departure from the way the war actually evolved and I’m sure American high schools will be littered with WWII essays based on this movie for years to come.

Rotten Tomatoes has given Inglorious Bastards an 88%. Rolling Stone has given it 3 out of 4 stars. The Chicago Tribune has given it 2.5 out of 5, but in so doing also gives a very good breakdown of why it has mixed feelings on the grindhouse-esq film. Google gives the average rating of the film 4.5 out of 5 (based on 34 reviews).

Background Worth Noting

The LA Times wrote an important background to the movie. The stakes that are riding on the movie for the Weinsten brothers, who own the production house that produced it as well as Dimension Films (which do their horror movie), are high. The brothers owned Miramax, selling to Disney before opening these two film ventures (among entering other businesses).  The amazing gamble they took on Tarantino seems to have paid off in spades. 

 

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