Friday, October 02, 2009

Inglourious Basterds - My view.

The plot is ready, Sushana has the reel in place, editing is in place. As soon as the movie ‘Nation’s Pride’ reaches it climatic dialogue from its protagonist her scene burst in - Laugining like a maniac, a devouring, Big Brotherish maniacal laugh. The Nazi audience complete with the countries top Director, actor and ofcourse the Fuhrer are astound. Literally behind the screen, her negro boyfriend flips his burning cigarette towards the mound of nitrate coated film reels (Samuel Jackson is the narrator and he explains the science behind it). The camera follows the burning cigarette in complete focus. In the front, the screen starts burning while Sushana continues to laugh. Ironically, Sushana is dead. The basterds are in place too, ready to bullet down each and every man, woman wearing a SS uniform. Then comes the culmination of one of the best scenes in the movies, the projector continues to project the laughing image of sushana over the smoke rising from the burning cinema. While 350 nazi’s are being roasted to death, Her revenge is complete.

A revenge born from a brilliant piece of screenplay in the beginning of Inglorious Basterds. Col. Hans Landa, played by Christopher Waltz squeezes out the information of the hiding jews, out from a seemingly tacit Dairy farmer. For nearly 15 mins, the dialogue between the two is telling you that something ominous is going to happen and when it does its simply is a masterpiece that is unfolding infront of your eyes. The farmer breaks down and gives up information of the hiding jews, while Landa sips on milk and brags about his ‘jew hunting’. Landa calls his men and they massacre the jew family hiding in the basement. There is one survivor, Sushana.

Meanwhile, Lt. Aldo Raine and his basterds have created havoc in south france. They are hunting down SS suited Germans and scalping their heads off. The news has reached the Fuhrer and the frustration is obvious. This is 3 years after Sushana escaped from the dairy farm. The style of Mr. Tarentino comes out in full color and yellow in these scenes.

The mans got style and knows how to flaunt it on screen. His long drawn conversation between his quirky characters is engaging and weirdly informative.

The strongest part of this movie is its writing. To spawn an imaginative alternate history and execute it so convincingly with flesh and blood characters, with their idiosyncrasies is simply mesmerizing. Two main plots and many a sub plots with Hans Landa as the common factor makes him the true poster boy of the movie.

The last scene though comical, I had my reservation of how easily the character of Landa gives in. Nevertheless, the superlative dialogues cover up the blotch.

Well written, well executed, good music and Mr. Tarantino is his iconic style makes Inglorious Basterds one of the best in the decade. Carry your burger and tasty beverage to enjoy this cinematic experience.