On August 21st, Inglourious Basterds finally made it’s epic debut to theatre’s worldwide. For Taratino, Pitt, Roth and Kruger fans it was a much-anticipated event.. but for Laurent fans, it was thee movie premiere to see. Mélanie’s first American movie debut, directed by a legend, co-staring some of the biggest names in American cinema today. It’s hard not to get excited just reading about the people behind the film and even harder once you’ve viewed the trailer. So, as a webmiss of this site (and Mélanie being one of my absolute favorites right now) I was adamant on seeing the film as soon as possible.
This past friday I was able to head out to the theatre to watch the movie. A bit of me wasn’t sure if I would even enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed seeing Mélanie for the first time on the big screen. As the beginning credits rolled and Mélanie Laurents name appeared in yellow on the screen, I felt the swell of excitement in my chest… (be warned for spoilers following the link)
The feeling seemed to last just long enough for me to realize the opening scene would feature Mélanie herself. We begin in a Nazi-infested France and meet a father and his three daughters. They are greeted by Col. Hans Landa who is looking for Shosanna’s family. Without giving too much of the plot away (the story is still fresh in my mind, so a complete recount is completely plausible), the action begins only a mere 10-15 minutes into the film. We meet Pitt and his gang momentarily later and a frustrated Hilter shortly thereafter. I was beginning to get excited just for the film itself and not only for Mélanie’s scenes..
Surprisingly, and a good surprisingly at that, we see a lot of Mélanie on the big screen. I was surprised at how much screen time her character had and what a big part she played in the film. Shosanna is a vital and important part of the plot, helping it digress to the very final chapter of the movie.
Mélanie did nothing short of a, dare I say, phenomenal job in this movie. Her quiet, yet dangerous demeanor, paired with her piercing and hard-to-ignore, smoldering green eyes were the perfect elements to bring together the completely lovable and heart-wrenching character Shosanna. “She’s really, really good, Sarah..” were the words whispered to me (by my friend) directly after the scene involving Shosanna’s second encounter with Col. Hans Landa. I grinned quite largely immediately after hearing that, feeling incredibly proud of Mélanie and her accomplishments. I must say, the one scene that completely blew me away was indeed the final chapter to the story (wherein Shosanna’s plans to eliminate the Nazi fleet in her theatre begins). I was simply blown away and that is simply the only way I can express how I felt.
In closing, I was not only completely taken by Mélanie’s performance. I was not just content as the webmiss of MML. I was throughly entertained by the movie, enjoying the thrill and action acted by each and every member of the cast. If you are on the rocks about watching this movie, I beg you now go out and watch it! Support Mélanie and get a thrill of a ride. You will not regret it. I must advise though, if you happen to have a weak stomach and don’t feel comfortable watching gory movies, I retract my suggestion. The movie contains a lot of gore and blood.