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(Please pardon the typos — I blasted this comment out and probably should’ve given it the ol’ once-over before posting.)
Absolutely — couldn’t agree more, even if Tarantino created this fascinating commentary somehow by accident.
I am not at all a fan of Quentin Tarantino, and I didn’t expect to find much of anything redeeming in this movie. I haven’t been that pleasantly surprised by a film in a long time. Before I say anything, though, I should get it out of the way that I was *not* one of the insane people who have proliferated and ruined not only this but just about every movie-going experience I’ve had in the past 10 years or so who laugh nervously and/or inappropriately throughout an entire film.
With that said, I thought that Inglourious Basterds was fucking phenomenal, and deserving of the admittedly garish final line. I don’t even know how to really begin covering everything I loved about it — the bizarre but exhilarating juxtaposition of tension-inducing, highly controlled scenes with blasts of horrific violence; the motif of private versus public versus professional identities and where you fall on this spectrum when it comes to making choices to save yourself and your family or to honor your/your group’s morals/duty (not to mention language as a barrier and betrayer); the desire for celebrity and individual recognition versus the desire to obliterate identity to hide (and, relatedly, the fascinating theme of nicknames, their origins, and their applicability); the rich, meta-filmic layering of actors playing characters playing actors (hence, I think, the intentionally distracting use of super-well-knowns such as Pitt and Myers, along the lines of Cruise and Kidman appearing in Eyes Wide Shut); the idea of fate versus chance versus planning; the sheer love of cinema its just so steeped in; the breathtaking Cat People scene; the lush reds of Nazi flags, British drapery, and freshly carved scalps … I could go on and on.
Since I’m not Jewish, I don’t feel terribly comfortable commenting on the overall morality of turning the tables and taking brutal revenge on the Nazis; however, I personally found that — in spite of the sociopaths laughing and cheering at every opportunity, however frighteningly wrong-headed — the violence and vengeance was not meant to be “fun,” or even if it was, it miraculously didn’t turn out that way. I think that too much time and care was taken to give most of the Nazi characters personality and even charisma for us to simply cheer the gory attacks unleashed upon them. It seems to me that this alternate history is meant to be deplorable, if of course not equally deplorable to what actually occurred. If you’re cheering for violence *that* brutal, then I think the problem’s with you, not Tarantino. Any victories in this movie are Pyrrhic.
It is by no means the best movie ever. It is, however, one of the most thematically layered and interesting big-budget Hollywood spectacles in probably decades, far exceeding most films in terms of ambition, and I’d also say execution. I can’t wait to see it again.