Inglourious Basterds In 2D.

August 16, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

I went to see Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Inglourious  Basterds” Saturday night and I came away feeling somewhat uneasy with what I had just sat throe. I’m well versed in Tarantino’s back catalog of films and often enjoy his blend of snappy dialog and Stylised violence.

His latest film set In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.

 The uneasy feeling I was left with, is that all the Nazis seem to be portrayed as 2 dimensional pant- ermine villains. Brad Pit and his band of American Jews are portrayed as superheroes beyond approach.

 Fully justified in their cruelty and killing of any Nazi or even German they come across. It’s this sense of a Nazi killing a Jew Bad! (Which of course it is) and a Jew killing a Nazi -Good!

If this film had come from any other American director, I would have not been surprised, but the fact it came from Tarantino who I had more respect for and believed he was not so blinkered to release such propaganda.

Yet again a Hollywood film portraying the image of some killings, violence and torture of another human being is justified and ok, if it’s Americans doing it. Anyone else taking part in such behaviour are the most evil force every created. This moral triumphalism based on a racial background or belief systems is everywhere today. Racism is Racism who ever the victim. I feel it’s time to move beyond old believes and paradigms. War is wrong full stop not depend on your uniform.

Poor show Quentin.

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