INGLORIOUS BASTARDS Script Review

     July 11, 2008




Hello to all my fans in La La Land. It’s your favorite grunt Fidel from Florida (ten hut) here to let you know I have invaded Europe to get an early glimpse at Inglorious Bastards.


Literally scrawled across the page – Inglourious Basterds, Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Last Draft July 2nd, 2008. You might remember Quentin Tarantino from such works as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill (both volumes). This is a hefty tome, clocking in at a solid, tree-killing 165 pages. No names have surfaced as of yet (come on people, it’s been done for less than two weeks), but I have no doubt, they will be interesting. There’s talk of Brad Pitt leading the Bastards as Lieutenant Aldo Raine.



THE STORY



The script is split into five chapters akin to Kill Bill.



Chapter one introduces the audience to Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, the Jew Hunter, as he finds a hidden Jewish family in French cow country.



Chapter two introduces Lieutenant Aldo Raine who recruits Jewish American soldiers to kill Nazis for the Inglorious Bastards, much to Hitler’s chagrin. We also meet his current group, including a Nazi defector Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz and Sergeant Donny Donowitz, known to the enemies as The Bear Jew.



Chapter three outlines a Jewish girl on the run, Shosanna, attempting to secure safety from the Germans in the employ of a movie theater owner and her dealings with a German war hero, Fredrick Zoller, who seems nice aside from the whole Nazi thing.



Chapter four details Shosanna’s story overlapping the Bastards as plans are made on both sides to destroy her French cinema during a huge German premiere attended by Heir Hitler himself. The British join the fight with help from German actress Bridget Von Hammersmark.



In chapter five, all the shit introduced previously comes together and then the real shit goes down.



THE SKINNY


If you were to close your eyes and imagine a Quentin Tarantino World War II flick, you’d probably be close to what you find in Inglorious Bastards It’s not a Tarantino film without a Mexican Standoff. It’s not a Tarantino film if shit doesn’t go one-hundred-eighty degree, pear-shaped wrong. This happens… more than once. Characters have the famous Tarantino monologues and Nazi’s randomly play the drinking game where you have to guess the character on the card stuck to your forehead.



The comparison to The Dirty Dozen is half-baked. As with most Tarantino fare, this borrows from a wide swath of films from French New Wave (with his own admission) on. In addition to that, the film is almost split in two with those divergent storylines coming together for the final hurrah. This isn’t only about the bastards, it’s Shosanna’s story too – a little bit Anne Frank, a little bit Cinema Paradiso.



Tarantino adds at least one new gimmick to his bag of tricks. There’s periodic narration from what’s referred to as a literary narrator who, often humorously, clues you in on the important details of a character’s back story. Make sure you bring your glasses with you when you see this flick as you’ll be reading a lot of subtitles. Languages spoken include: English, German, French and a wee bit of Italian for a truly worldly experience.



The Bastards are referred to often as the “basterds” and I’m not sure if this is on purpose (maybe for advertising) or just a running typo.



THE FINAL WORD



In the nutshell – Violence and swearing are Quentin Tarantino’s bread and butter and he’s knee deep in both here. Tarantino fans will shout “Oscar!” Tarantino haters will shout “Uncle.” Me? I’ll be at the first screening I can. I love Mexican Standoffs.





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