“Tarantino strikes again in this brilliant war film, which stays close to Tarantino's core themes: an homage to cinema and also a character study of killers, this time Nazis and a …”
#3 of 5 from
Favorite Films of 2009
“The Best Movie of 2009 Award Nominees: • Up • The Hurt Locker • Paranormal Activity • Angels and Demons • Inglourious Basterds • Avatar • Twilight: New Moon • …”
#3 of 10 from
The Best of 2009 Awards
“The hype was good but the promotionals show it to be more of a guerilla killing spree and it's about maybe only a half of the movie. Still a good movie though.”
" Although Quentin Tarantino has cherished Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 "macaroni" war flickThe Inglorious Bastardsfor most of his film-geek life, his ownInglourious Basterdsis no remake. Instead, as hinted by the Tarantino-esque misspelling, this is a lunatic fantasia of WWII, a brazen re-imagining of both history and the behind-enemy-lines war film subgenre. There's a Dirty Not-Quite-Dozen of mostly Jewish commandos, led by a Tennessee good ol' boy named Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who reckons each warrior owes him one hundred Nazi scalps--and he means that literally. Even as Raine's band strikes terror into the Nazi occupiers of France, a diabolically smart and self-assured German officer named Landa (Christoph Waltz) is busy validating his own legend as "The Jew Hunter." Along the way, he wipes out the rural family of a grave young girl (Melanie Laurent) who will reappear years later in Paris, dreaming of vengeance on an epic scale.
Now, this isn't one more big-screen comic book. As the masterly opening sequence reaffirms, Tarantino is a true filmmaker, with a deep respect for the integrity of screen space and the tension that can accumulate in contemplating two men seated at a table having a polite conversation. IB reunites QT with...