Inglourious Basterds: Movie Review

Quentin Tarantino is one talented director no doubt. He is bold and brave when it comes to his films. Although some say his films only depict violence and nothing more, we beg to differ. Tarantino creates films that are unconventional and out-of-the-box, but something that the mainstream crowd could always digest. He is not afraid to test the waters and time and time again he has proven to be successful. "Grindhouse: Death Proof" for example tackles the grindhouse films of the Seventies. Now, Tarantino is making another film that is unconventional to say the least. It is a spaghetti western set in World War II - the film is "Inglourious Basterds". Read on to see if Tarantino has proven his Midas' touch once again with this film.

The movie starts off once upon a time in war torn France. A French farmer is confronted by a Hans Landa (Christopher Waltz), a Nazi SS Colonel. Hans proves to be too much for the French farmer and he succumbs and tells Landa about the Jews hiding beneath his house. Hans would kill all them all, but one manages to escape. Meanwhile, Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) has just recruited 8 Jewish-Americans. Their task is to bring terror to the Nazis in France. He calls his outfit the "The Basterds". Four years later, we discover that the Jewish girl that survived now owns a cinema. As fate would have it, the screening of a film has been moved to her theater and high-ranking Nazi officials will be attending - including Hitler. She nows seeks revenge by planning to burn down the Nazis. The Basterds are also planning to bomb the theater, not knowing about the Jewish girl's plan. Can both parties succeed in killing these Nazis and eventually ending the war?

"Inglourious Basterds" does not disappoint - this is one of the best films we have seen this year. What we really find so good about this movie is the very unique narrative style. It used a storybook effect using chapters to jump from one big scene to another - it was like watching a play on the big screen. This style made the film engaging, exciting and fresh. The movie was almost three hours long but it never felt that way - we actually wanted more. The acting was superb as well. Christopher Waltz who played Hans Landa is the best of the bunch, maybe even overshadowing Brad Pitt's acting. The only caveat we see is the gore - some sensitive people might not like it. To sum it all up, this brainless fun is a definite thrill ride from start to end credits. We definitely feel "Inglourious Basterds" deserves a perfect score.

Note: Unfortunately, you can only watch "Inglourious Basterds" exclusively at Robinson's Cinemas for the local release. so catch it if you can!

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- brainless fun from start to finish
- has a unique storybook type structure that keeps the movie really interesting and exciting
- superb acting from Christopher Waltz

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some people might not like the gore and mindless action

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