It’s the 40s – World War II to be precise – and Nazi Germany are spreading their fascist views as far across the globe as possible, including France. Cities are infiltrated and countryside havens are terrorised by the Anti-Semites. Hitler is also unaware that his about to get his ass handed to him on a plate in the slightly fictional Inglourious Basterds. Brad Pitt heads the cast as a violent, 100% American leader of the cleverly named gang of ‘justice seekers’. With the talented Christoph Waltz featuring as the infamous Colonel Hans Landa otherwise known as the ‘Jew Hunter’.
Inglourious Basterds begins with the Colonel perfecting his skills as a Jew Hunter, tracking down a sympathiser living in the countryside who is reported to be hiding a Jewish family on his land. As this is unacceptable behaviour, he interrogates the Milk man, eventually leading him into confessing his sins. All hell breaks loose, but in the midst of madness a young girl fights for her freedom, fleeing from the scene of her family’s murder.
Years down the line the Inglourious Basterds form and become a intimidating militia, scaring Nazi’s the world over. The eight man team have one goal – to kill as many Nazi’s as possible and to retrieve 100 scalps each – Apache style. The means of going about this are totally debatable, no restrictions apply. The more they suffer the better – Tarantino’s version of retribution for the six million Jew’s killed over the World War II period.
Cut to the young girl Shosanna, who escaped death years ago and has now grown up to become Emmanuelle Mimieux – owner of a cinema in Paris and a secret Jew. We know not of how she manages to survive and make a life for herself but remain safe in the knowledge that she’s suspicious and stays isolated with her partner; a black man – never one to stray from the ‘controversial’. No longer able to stay inconspicuous due to a famous Nazi taking interest in her and her cinema for the screening of his film, she has to fraternise with the enemy. One of the enemy’s being the ‘Jew Hunter’ from earlier. Tensions in Inglourious Basterds are about to hit boiling point.
What follows is a fast paced, quirky and witty plot that swiftly see’s the various different lives come to a crashing together in Paris. Although farfetched and highly unbelievable, Tarantino provides entertainment in his usual unusual fashion. Relatives of those affected by the Holocaust or Hitler’s reign during WWII who may be offended, should really not be. True Inglourious Basterds trivialises many aspects of the devastating war and suggests that it could have been easier to stop if someone took action like these characters; but everyone knows this is again reiterating – FICTIONAL. If only we could all live in Quentin Tarantino’s mind…