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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

The mere name of director speaks a lot about the film itself. “Inglourious Basterds” was directed by sadistic Quentin Tarantino, who loves scenes full of blood and death. Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger and Melanie Laurent portrayed main characters.

The film is almost a parody to war films. It is quite amusing and enjoyable. If you want to watch semi-serious non-historical film full of blood and cruelty, then this film is for you. But if you cannot watch films that are not based on historical facts, then do not watch it. It is totally useless.

The film was nominated for numerous awards and I do not understand why. Of course, Tarantino is a talented director and the film is good. But good is not enough even for nomination and in my opinion, most of those accolades/ nominations were quite exaggerated.

The film starts with original, sad, cruel, shocking scenes in which Shosanna Dreyfus’ (Melanie Laurent) whole family hiding underneath the floor of farmer’s house gets killed by Nazi. Nazi colonel, cruel and cynical Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) lets Shosanna escape. It takes place in France in 1941 during World War II.

Then we move to American Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), who leads team of Jewish-American soldiers to enemy country in order to kill and scare off German officers. Lt. Raine tells his soldiers that they each owe him 100 Nazi scalps.

Our main good characters never meet, but they fight for the same purpose. When we meet Shosanna again, she is an owner of cinema and her new name is Emmanuelle Mimieux. Unexpected turns and twists gather all our good characters and many high-ranking Nazi officials including Hitler in Shosanna’s cinema. This gives her an opportunity for revenge.

I enjoyed Waltz’s performance, though was surprised to see how his well-worked out character was spoilt and destroyed in the end. Tarantino turned him from gruesome killer into silly and naïve commoner and this is where he made a mistake. Lt. Raine’s moustache and false accent were annoying, but worked well with his character.

You will definitely enjoy this film in the company of your friends. Do not take it serious!

Reviewer’s rating: 7.0 out of 10

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Megamind (2010)

Megamind” is the animated comedy film directed by Tom McGrath with featuring voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt. For the first time, I looked at superhero story from evil character’s side. It made me see how lonely and sad actually those evil superhero-fighters are.

Megamind (Will Ferrell) is an alien genius with big head who masters incredible evil plans and creatures. He constantly fights with Metro Man (Brad Pitt) who has this unbelievably big jaw and loses to him. Metro Man is quite similar to Superman. He can fly and possesses all other Superman powers. Both Megamind and Metro Man arrived on Earth as children and grew up in Metro city. Since then they were fighting each other.

As in Superman’s story, Megamind kidnaps local reporter (he kidnapped her number of times before) Roxanne Ritchi and traps Metro Man into a copper- made room. To people’s surprise, Metro Man cannot escape and dies when Megamind’s death ray strikes him. As it is expected, without a rival Megamind becomes depressed.

Inspired by Roxanne, he decides to create a new superhero by injecting a worthy person with a serum made from Metro Man’s DNA. But he accidentally injects the serum into Hal, Roxanne’s self-satisfied silly cameraman. Instead of fighting Megamind as a good superhero, he uses his powers for taking over the city as the new evil.

Roxanne leads Megamind to Metro Man’s headquarters to find a weak side of Hal who is now Titan since copper does not work against him.  To their surprise, they find Metro Man alive. He confesses that he is tired of fighting Megamind and faked his own death. Though Megamind does not want to fight Titan, he is forced to do so when Titan captures Roxanne. Megamind saves her and Metro city by using the tool to extract superhero serum from Hal. He becomes a new hero of the city.

It is interesting and cognitive to see bad character eventually evolving into a good character. Despite some similarities with Superman, all personages are excellently worked out. It is a family watch and good both for adults and children.

Reviewer’s rating: 7.0 out of 10

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