Tarantino has just simultaneously payed great tribute to film (as he always does) while creating some great film of his own and also finally providing some satisfaction to anyone who’s ever wanted to see the Nazis get what was coming to them. It was a truly satisfactory cinematic experience. The dialogue was brilliant as always and lent itself beautifully to the slow tension that built up throughout the entire movie up until the explosive climax we had all been waiting for. The movie runs long and there are slow moments but when it was all over none of us cared, most of us left the theater pumping our fists, having been entertained and finally having been given what I think we’ve all secretly wanted in a WW2 movie: The chance to see some jewish characters kick some real Nazi ass.
Sure, the film was unrealistic. The plot is completely ridiculous and to even consider calling the story historical fiction would be giving the plot entirely too much credit. No, this story was complete fantasy. It’s what happened in WW2 in the Tarantinoverse. But that’s totally okay. there have been enough movies that showed us the horror and tragedy of the reality of the Holocaust and have given us a glimpse at that terrible part of human history. Those looking for another Saving Private Ryan are to be sorely disappointed. Instead we are finally given a chance to deal with the darkest period in the last hundred years in a way that leaves us feeling better about it, not drying our eyes and while some may say that this is crass and insulting to the memory of the Holocaust, I would argue the contrary, that in fact this film empowers those of us who may feel helpless when we hear the stories of our fallen ancestors. It was a rare glimpse at triumph when we are mostly used to only seeing tragedy and it was, in my opinion a welcome change.
The concept of the film is not one that was to be handled lightly, but in Tarantino’s skilled hands, we were given the first truly fun and entertaining film about WW2 and that was truly no easy task. As a film lover and maker and as a Jew who lost a great deal of ancestors in the Holocaust, I give this film my heartiest approval and recommend it to anyone who likes being truly satisfied at the movies.
Well here it is, the last day of this two week long solo escapade to the middle east. It’s been alot of fun but I’m ready to get back home and not have to live out of a (now very grubby suitcase). Farewell, Israel, I’ll be back again someday, don’t know when, but someday. See all you USAers soon
Plane takes off at 530am, sleep is overrated anyway.
Peace, shalom and salaam..