This is classic Quentin Tarantino. It’s violent but not horrifically so. If you’re just a little squeamish then there are probably only two scenes that you’ll want to glance away from. ( One being when Sgt. Donny Donowitz brings out the baseball bat. I can’t tell you the other without spoiling the movie. ) Most of the violence is just your standard blood splatters from getting shot with a machine gun. If you could sit and watch Saving Private Ryan you can certainly watch this.
The movie is about 2 1/2 hours long and kind of feels that way. There were a few times in the movie that I thought, “Can we get back to the Basterds now?” Some of the scenes seem to run a bit longer than really necessary. But that’s just Tarantio’s style. He’s in no hurry to tell the story. So the long scenes are either going to annoy you or make you appreciate the story teller’s method of giving details that aren’t essential to the plot.
Brad was wonderful as Lt. Aldo Raine. His opening speech to the basterds was reminiscent of George C. Scott’s speech in Patton. In this case I wish he would have taken a little more time in his delivery. Otherwise it was fantastic.
The rest of the cast gives perfectly good performances. Christoph Waltz stands out as Col. Hans Landa and probably has more screen time than anyone. Much of the credit goes to Tarantino for doing a great job of directing. Great actors can really suck with poor direction but give them the right support and you’ll get their best. Fortunately the cast is very tallented and Tarantino brings that out.
There were a good 4-5 scenes that the audience laughed at. Nothing hilarious but some good chuckles. If you laughed during Pulp Fiction, and I was practically rolling in the floor a few times, then you’ll get a good snort here and there.
For my part the most annoying aspect was the subtitles for the German and French lines. Normally I don’t mind but it makes it very difficult to take notes since I can’t tell what is being said unless I look at the screen and I can’t look at the screen and take notes at the same time.
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