Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France...

Finally got around to seeing Quentin Tarantino's newest flick, Inglourious Basterds. My reason for this delay is that two of my girlfriends and I are die-hard QT fans, and we just couldn't get together 'til now. Bad excuse, I know.

After his last big endeavour was so poorly received (not by us, but Deathproof seems.. under-appreciated), I wasn't surprised that Tarantino reverted to making a film that is approachable, memorable, and in many ways, an instant classic.

The subject matter, though at many times gruesomely depicted in Tarantino's famous style, fits perfectly with the action, which takes place in Nazi France from 1941-44. The opening sequence was beyond brilliant, and was my favorite in the movie, despite there being many to choose from. I won't divulge anything, as this review is not meant to include spoilers. Rather, I want to encourage you to see the film for yourself on a big screen.

Tarantino does many things that set him apart from usual filmmakers, and set the film apart from the usual Nazi films. As my pal Kim said: "he's teaching us about film!" Many scenes take place in the projection room of Shosanna's Parisian theatre. We see her cutting reels, gluing, fixing projectors, etc. As Kiera pointed out later, many of our local theatres today are making the change to digital, this art will all be lost (though we won't miss broken reels!) As a film nerd, I appreciate this careful attention to the art of cinema itself, as well as Tarantino's efforts to include as much detail as possible.

Other noteworthy aspects of this film include the beauteous Diane Kruger, and her shoes, and a high-heeled cast. The film will have you admiring her perfect feet and calf (seen from under a table). You will be stunned at great performances from Brad Pitt, Daniel Bruhl (from The Edukators), and especially Christoph Waltz (who is fantastic as Landa). You will be delighted that the actors meant to be French actually speak French (Hollywood has become lazy in this regard, but not Tarantino), and you will be dying to see more of this film's real star, Melanie Laurent.

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