I didn’t know much about the theme, but I liked “Pulp Fiction” and I was in France, so I thought, “Hey, let’s go and see Inglorious Basterds.” It was not merely repulsive; it was morally disgusting. It portrays Jews reveling — and asks us to join in the revelry — in war crimes and sadism, as if the morally appropriate response to cruelty and evil is merely to become cruel and evil oneself.
According to Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic Monthly (“Hollywood’s Jewish Avenger“),
The horror-movie director Eli Roth—his film Hostel is the most repulsively violent movie I’ve ever seen twice—plays a Basterd known as the “Bear Jew,” whose specialty is braining Germans with a baseball bat. Roth told me recently that Inglourious Basterds falls into a subgenre he calls “kosher porn.”
“It’s almost a deep sexual satisfaction of wanting to beat Nazis to death, an orgasmic feeling,” Roth said. “My character gets to beat Nazis to death. That’s something I could watch all day. My parents are very strong about Holocaust education. My grandparents got out of Poland and Russia and Austria, but their relatives did not.”
Tarantino’s producer, Lawrence Bender, says that after reading the first draft of Inglourious Basterds, he told Tarantino, “As your producing partner, I thank you, and as a member of the Jewish tribe, I thank you, motherfucker, because this movie is a fucking Jewish wet dream.”
Films that portray victims as strong or as emerging victorious are one thing; a film that portrays victims as having the same moral character is another. The movie is a slur on Jews.
The film also demands that we accept the thesis that every German conscript was as guilty as every eager SS man. That seems, to say the least, absurd.
The film had a few good moments, but a few good moments do not a movie make. Christoph Waltz very brilliantly creates the character of SS officer Hans Landa and a scene in a cellar bar is well acted. A few scenes of Hitler were interesting in their portrayal of him as a weakling (who guffaws and snickers at one scene after another of people being shot). But … that’s about it. So if you can watch a few scenes on YouTube, that’s enough. The rest of the movie is simply sickening trash. (And Brad Pitt, who has played some good roles, merely appears ridiculous, thanks, no doubt, to the pathetic script and the absurd character he was asked to play.)
(Oops! Sorry for the original misspelling of Tarantino’s misspelling of “inglorious.”)