Make War (Films), Not History

 While his newest cheerful skip through the land of bloody Nazis and baseball bats is arguably one of his best in recent years, Inglourious Basterds is not as ground-breaking as James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar promises to be. However, that’s not to say Quentin Tarantino hasn’t totally fucked with the course of history, it’s just that he’s looking back rather than forwards.

 I won’t spoil it, but anyone who’s learnt about World War 2 should be able to pick out the inconstancies (“those shoes in France in the early forties?! oh no, I shouldn’t think so, how preposterous!”). However, that doesn’t seem to matter. IB is not a film made to educate people about modern history. It’s a film made to make you feel things. The rather graphic torture isn’t thrown in to turn you into a homicidal psychopath, it’s added to make you squirm. It’s all the stomach-churning horrors of war with the added badass of a Tarantino picture.

 Fans of Tarantino will find that this is more than enough to apologize for Death Proof, and cinema-goers who aren’t easily offended by glaring inaccuracies and occasional bloody violence will appreciate the vivid world, snappy dialogue and characters that you hate to love – Joseph Goebbels, I’m looking at you.

 If I could ask for anything else, I’d make it so that it was a little easier for me to sneak in (being a short, youthful 15-year-old makes seeing Tarantino films on the big screen a bit of an issue) and I’d delve a little more into the characters. Aldo was perfect, but the rest were glossed over a little, and I would have liked to have known more about ‘Little Man’ (for example I completely forget his real name and remember only his quiet upset at his pitiful nickname).

 I think I’ll agree with Empire this time (you’ll never be forgiven for Funny Peoples’ bizarrely high rating) and give it a glourious ****/5!

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~ by Vermin Love on September 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Make War (Films), Not History”

  1. doesnt sound like anything I’d enjoy >>

    • If it weren’t for the blood (which I was actually expecting more of) I think you’d really enjoy it. Maybe one day I’ll sit you down to watch it and cover your eyes every now and then.

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