Inglorious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino sounds like a very interesting name for a film; it’s catchy, rebellious, intriguing, and something you do not hear or think about in present day society. However, after one has watched the film, one can begin to ponder why the motion picture was given that title. The Inglorious Basterds were only peripheral characters in the movie and were only somewhat related to the outcome of the film.
The movie title is misleading. The film is actually centered on the revenge of Shosanna, a Jew who escaped after her family was killed by Nazis. The motion picture, in my opinion, should be titled something that has to do with the revenge of Jews or the aftermath of the Holocaust. All of the important parts of the film involve Shosanna, a Jew, and revenge on the Nazis for committing the Holocaust; the beginning, the climax, and the end.
The beginning of Inglorious Basterds, Shosanna witnesses her family and other Jews being killed and she is lucky enough to escape the attack of the Nazis.
At the climax of Tarantino’s film, a group of unsuspecting Nazis is tricked into entering a large building; the doors are locked and bolted from the outside; then the building burns to the ground thanks to Shosanna and her vengeful behavior; Shosanna dies with nationality pride and a feeling of satisfaction that her revengeful plan followed through. The Basterds were involved in the climax, but planning the attack of the revenge-hearted Jew was not their idea.
Then end of the film was about The Basterds and their planned return to America, but probably only because Shosanna died during her plan for revenge. The Basterds do not have any character development throughout the film, so the real ending to the film, for me, was right after the climax. One member of The Basterds is “The Bear Jew”, who is known for his maltreatment of Nazis that he gets the pleasure of beating to death. He is one of the few Jewish members mentioned in The Basterds and can somewhat tie the knot in the relationship between the Nazis and The Basterds.
Put the misleading film title and the intentionally misspelled word in the name of the film, “Basterds” instead of “Bastards”, together and there seems to be a mystery to be solved—Why the confusion? The answer to this question is in the hand of the viewer to interpret the answer to.