Inglorious Basterds vs Inglorious Bastards: Reviews of QT's Film
Inglorious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino's latest movie: a World War II flick about a bunch of Jewish soldiers with one mission: kill as many Nazis as they can. Inglorious Bastards (Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato) is a 1978 Enzo Castellari World War II flick about a bunch of misfits and criminals on a suicide mission behind enemy lines; the title literally translates to "That Damned Armored Train", but was called "Inglorious Bastards" for its US release. Besides the broad-stroke similarities, the two are not really the same: Inglorious Basterds is not a remake of Inglorious Bastards. Reviews of Basterds are generally pretty favorable: it's a love-it-or-hate-it thing, with more lovers so far than haters.
Inglorious Basterds is apparently like a full-on Jewsploitation spaghetti Western, with ridiculously hard-boiled male leads on a do-or-die mission:
Meanwhile, the Basterds, members of an all-Jewish U.S. army unit known for its merciless treatment of prisoners—"Bring me 100 Nazi scalps!" barks their commander, Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt)—are recruited by British intelligence in a plot to assassinate the Nazi high command, aided by a famous German actress (Diane Kruger) who's secretly working for the Allies.
Inglorious Bastards is more akin to The Dirty Dozen, with our heroes on a near-impossible mission to steal V2 warheads for the French.
The plot, what there is of it, sees Bo Svenson and Fred “The Hammer” Williams lead a gang of American military ne’er-do-wells on a suicide mission behind Nazi lines; the incongruous bathing of naked, machine- gun-toting mädchen is also thrust upon us.
Okay, so they're actually pretty similar, but I still want to see Inglorious Basterds. It appeals to my baser instincts. Whatareyagonnado?