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Brandon's Word: Inglourious Basterds is a Masterpiece

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August 21, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

More often than not, Quentin Tarantino is like a very able boxer who throws the same punch time after time. After the first, second, and third haymaker -- one can predict what the fourth and fifth and sixth will be. As an opponent of Tarantino's, I thought I had him and his latest film, the WWII-set Inglourious Basterds, pegged as just that -- another wild haymaker. But just another haymaker it is not. Inglourious Basterds is, instead, a precise jab to the nose, a swift uppercut to the chin, and a brain-rattling hook to the jaw. It's Quentin Tarantino's knockout punch. And it lands hard. Read on for Brandon's review!

Before I continue, however, let me put what is to be a very positive review into some context. I've seen all of Tarantino's directorial work. I admire Reservoir Dogs and adore Pulp Fiction. I respect Jackie Brown, understand Kill Bill, and am actually quite fond of Death Proof. But for all of his talent, fanatical film knowledge, and eagerness to distill his ideas on to celluloid (both creative and about the art of filmmaking itself and how it can be used to tell stories), he has never wholly succeeded. Tarantino's post-modern cinematic pastiche has always felt more masturbatory than revelatory, his ostentatious and bombastic style too oppressive, and his direction too chaotic. His films usually succeed in overwhelming me with potential and concept rather than actually succeeding in bringing those concepts to fruition. Needless to say, I was wary upon entering the theater to watch two and a half hours of what (based on what had been sold to me) looked to be more of the same.

As the credits rolled, however, the taste of feathers and feet was distinct on my tongue. I loved it. And I loved it not because it was unlike Quentin Tarantino, but instead because it was everything that I knew Quentin Tarantino was capable of. I loved it because it was so purely him. Basterds is ostentatious and explosive, but not oppressive, it's pastiche and homage without overshadowing the stories and characters on the screen, it's thoughtful, mature, and masterfully crafted. It's both a thesis on the deft use of tension and subtext and a visceral wish-fulfillment thrill. Tarantino's penchant for long, dialog-heavy scenes remains, but their growth from one-dimensional, tensionless concepts in his earlier work into some of the most tension-filled, heart-pounding face-offs I've ever seen on screen is really something to behold. Tarantino's ability to balance and sublimate Inglourious Basterd's potential with its result is astonishing. The film's control (not restraint, for I'm quite sure Tarantino doesn't know the meaning of the word) is nothing short of miraculous. And it's all a welcome sign of Tarantino's growth as a filmmaker and storyteller.

Inglourious Basterds, however, is being sold to all of you rather poorly. The Weinstein Company is marketing this as an action film. An action film this is not. Yes, there is action -- all of it visceral with Luger shots sounding more like canon fire and unflinching, graphic scenes of violence that will either make you cringe or morbidly grin (or both) -- but for much of the two and a half hours you'll be listening to some of the best characters Tarantino has ever conceived (and some of the best characters history has conceived as written by Tarantino) talk. But I've never felt more tense. The opening scene alone is a doctoral class in character creation, subtext, and suspense. Tarantino's idolization of Sergio Leone is strikingly evident in those first twenty minutes, a duel of words instead of bullets and a climax that could wrench the heart from a statue. Later in the film, Tarantino even manages to retain his fetishized portrayal of the female foot -- but does so with purpose and vital stakes. And to keep on the subject of Tarantino-isms, the use of music in Inglourious Basterds is unsurpassed. Instead of scoring the film with original music, Tarantino uses pieces of film scores from the likes of 70's era spaghetti westerns to 60's war films to 70's blacksploitation to 80's horror. Again, it's Tarantino's trademark cinematic pastiche, but used to perfect avail.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't discuss the characters found amongst and intertwined within all this filmmaking maturity. Brad Pitt, who I found to be silly and over-the-top in the trailer, turns out an excellent performance as Lt. Aldo "the Apache" Raine. His no-nonsense, hillbilly swagger and ruthless operation stands as a personification of Tarantino's outlaw anti-hero. The rest of The Basterds are ably performed and just plain fun to watch. Eli Roth's portrayal of the annoyingly-Bostonized, Louisville Slugger-swinging Staff Sergeant Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz is an absolute pleasure to watch. The depictions of Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill aren't empty caricatures (well, maybe Churchill, who's only shown for about five minutes, but is involved in one of the more humorous scenes in the movie), but personifications of emotion. And, as has always been a Tarantino staple, the female characters -- especially Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna Dreyfus -- are strong, complicated players who steal every scene they're in. That is, when they're not in a scene with Christoph Waltz. His performance as "The Jew Hunter" Standartenführer Hans Landa is a tour de force. Hans Landa will be known right alongside Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter, and Norman Bates as one of the greatest movie villains of all time. And I'm calling it now, Christoph Waltz's magnificent performance will earn him this year's Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. It's that good.

I could go on and describe just how awesome it is to see Nazis brutalized and defiled for two and a half hours, but, really, that's just a mere fraction of what makes this film Tarantino's best yet. Sure, as a Jew, I may be bias -- ’cause there's nothing I love more than watching Nazis die horrible deaths -- but to see Tarantino flourish as himself, to distill his chaotic energy and completely succeed with every line, every shot, on every level he attempted to is nothing short of miraculous. Inglourious Basterds is the film Quentin Tarantino was born to make -- and perhaps since he's been working on it for so long, the ideas gestating inside of him in so many different forms, the film is better for it. Because of it. Regardless, it's finally here. It's a stunning success. An international, wish-fulfillment, revenge-movie-about-movies orgasm.

And as only Tarantino can, with unmatched audacity, the film's last line is as loaded with self-referential meta-commentary as a line can be -- and I must admit, it's right. Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece.

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  • Shaun
    Yeah I loved it that much too! Glorious!!!
  • Al
    can't wait, seeing this in 2 1/2 hours or so.
  • taz
    Saw the film last week, loved it. The Jew Hunter - amazing.
  • Delvis
    Very well written, Brandon. I'm glad to see a review that seems to "get" what the movie was doing. On another note, I saw a midnight showing of it last night (this early morning? Whatever...) & my friend wanted to know my initial thoughts. Take in mind that the inquisitor does not know all the movie's actors by name so I do state the obvious at times. This is what I wrote: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclaimer: It's a Tarantino movie, expect proper reviews to involve occasional cursing 😉 As I think back on the movie, it is hard to pick a favorite scene. The very first scene, though, is Tarantino at his best. Spaghetti Western music & talk, talk, talk. It is true what the critics have said; the man playing the character of Col. Hanz Landa (Christoph Waltz) is a merciless scene-stealer. The actor truly deserves an Oscar for Best Supporting Role. Not just a fucking nomination. The whole damn trophy. I have not seen an evil like this in a movie before. He's charming. Smart. Friendly. Maniacal. Whereas Hannibal Lecter was a sociopath, Landa is not in the least bit unstable. Luckily, he pops up all the time. Sometimes when you least expect it. Truly terrifying. You will find yourself actually believing he is the character. I should mention here that every single performance in this movie is top notch. QT did a great thing by casting lesser-known stars - the audience is in no way distracted. I still don't know about the Mike Myers part, though; QT had to have known that the audience would be amused at his inclusion. I'll have to watch it again to make a better assessment. Other than that, there is seriously no bad casting in the film. I could praise every performance in a similar vein as I did for Christoph Waltz. We best keep our eyes on Mélanie Laurent. The other scene-stealer, of course, is... Brad Pitt. Fucking hilarious. His facial expressions alone caused me to crack up (out loud) on more than one occasion. It's known that the Basterds infiltrate the movie premiere, but HOW they do it is absolutely rip-roaring hilarious. I have never seen a movie build suspense like this one does. Don't get me wrong, there are more suspensful movies out there - but Tarantino builds suspense through one primary avenue. Dialogue. How does Tarantino write such dialogue? I bring this up because the bar-in-the-basement scene incorporates this tactic for the entire scene. Never once does it let up. Tarantino just keeps on pushing & pushing & you'll never want him to stop. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, that's all I've got for now. I plan on seeing the movie again once the hype dies down. Probably in a month or so. Less hype means less people. Less people means less obnoxious behavior by folks with bad taste. Yeah. I'm talking to you many that clapped last night when the screen went up in flames. It's not a fireworks show, kids. It's not a concert either.
  • I loved it but there's just one thing I don't get. Is it inglourious? Or inglorious? I've seen it as Inglourious Basterds in a lot of places but my movie ticket says Inglorious.
  • Leland Rogers
    Inglourious Basterds reminded me of why I want to be a film maker. It's fantastic and couldn't have come at a better time then now to solidify what I want to be doing with my future. Thank you Tarantino.
  • David Banner
    AMAZING, THE CLIMAX OF THIS MOVIE MADE ME CRY OF FILL MY HEART WITH JOY SEEING NAZIS BURN :)
  • This is why this website needs to publish more reviews, because this will make people see this movie. This years cinema has flourished with a hide of excellent films, and it will end with the most exciting adventure of the century in Avatar, however we will not see a more precise, acute and perfectly written film in a very long time. Christopher Waltz, could arguably be the lead character, as he is the one true character which remains from the very first scene to the very last. Words can not sum up how good he is. When he was speaking, your ears are just so attentive to every syllable, it was written brilliantly, and acted perfectly. 'Tarantino is doing a war film' is what I remember hearing whispers about a year ago at San Diego Comic-Con. He is actually delivered one of the best films of all time.
  • Myname is mine
    I am happy to see people get this film and truly see what an amazing film Tarantino delivered. I saw it last night at the midnight show and could not sleep afterwards, I just kept going back through the film in my head, so many great moments. It did not even feel like it was over 2 hrs long, my reactions was, "ah man is over already, I want more".
  • tarco
    amazing movie... mindblowing cinema.
  • dom
    I thought the dialogue, sound and camera work were stunning! Just how he put together such an amazing script blows my mind. He really got the most out of the actors and its clear he's learnt a lot from the history of cinema making. I did have issues with the film, like the reason for the SS commander to switch into english given his poor french in the opening sequence - but the guy was speaking it perfectly! Requirement to keep the story moving, which was a shame... anyways, the biggest problem was Brad Pitts character and the sudden change in pace when we finally get into the closing chapter within the cinema - it really was all over the place!!
  • Tommy
    That's a bingo!
  • jim
    nice article. fantastic movie. im glad you mentioned the score too which was prob one of the biggest things i loved about this movie and how well it fit in.
  • K
    WOW! Looks like I'm the only one that didn't care of it that much. It was ok, by far not a masterpiece and by far not his best movie. The majority of the scenes dragged on far too long. Didn't care for a lot of the music selection. The action/violence, allbeit fantastic and over the top, were far and few between and were done before it even started. CW was did an excellent job. Pitt was eh, nothing special. Had a few funny lines. The story should have focused more The Basterds, them kick Nazi ass! Their was too much fluff, I actually found myself bored a few times. And that's a first while watching a Tarantino flick. I'd give it a 5/10.
  • K
    Oh forgot... on a side note... what did everything think of the teaser for Chris Nolan's Inception? I can't wait to see a full trailer. Definitely got me curious.
  • al
    a short,probably unnecessary excerpt from my own review: So far the film's got a healthy rating of 89%,though I've read quite a few disapproving reviews.Echoing the problems I mention earlier-the hasty copy paste job,and the film's struggle with finding a ground-it alternates between romance,drama,slasher-and the editing's somewhat subpar (not what I expected from Tarantino's long-time film collaborator Sally Menke),a lot of scenes transitioned choppily-all this sums up to the film's very present but pardonable identity crisis.The truth is,the last time a movie made my heart race this fast-where I was so invested,awaiting the finale with such nervous excitement-was Tarantino's last movie,2007's Death Proof.Of course,at the end of Death Proof I wanted to jump up,cheer and applaud until my hands fell off-whereas at the end of Inglorious Basterds I felt thoroughly satisfied,but not without questioning the unreality of the ending itself.But the journeys,were nonetheless equally and both ridiculously enjoyable. ... Anyway,Waltz a was a pure pleasure to watch and I do agree the film's slightly mismarketed,Pitt & the other basterds play one of a few pivotal parts,but probably the least important.I enjoyed your review nearly as much as I enjoyed the film itself,bravo
  • imarapyeyermom
    saw this opening night at midnight.....amazing movie. Definitely seeing it again. Possibly a third time.
  • jcyo
    What's the deal with the lack of reviews on this site? The Basterds review was done weeks ago, and before that the most recent review was Star Wars.
  • Al
    i love tarantino and all, hell i loved this film, but his masterpiece hasn't hit yet, when it does, i'll know....its lurking out there....waiting out there....
  • Daniel
    #14 I liked the film alright, but I agree with you on the scenes dragging. Several scenes had me looking at my watch, wondering when the hell the next one was coming up and does this dialogue even have a point? Especially the first one, and the bar one. But the violence was well done.
  • yes
    amazing movie one of the best i have ever seen agree that this should be a contender for best film agree that Waltz should get an oscar i also loved how the scenes were long and full of dialogue...it felt like i was seeing an extraordinary book play out, chapter by chapter
  • Haggus
    I did have issues with the film, like the reason for the SS commander to switch into english given his poor french in the opening sequence - but the guy was speaking it perfectly! Requirement to keep the story moving, which was a shame… anyways, the biggest problem was Brad Pitts character and the sudden change in pace when we finally get into the closing chapter within the cinema - it really was all over the place!! dom on Aug 21, 2009 Dom, w/o giving anything away Hans Landa switched to english for a reason he revealed near the end of the scene, hes the Nazi version of Coloumbo if you think about it, the way he approaches all of his interrogations, he is a detective after all.
  • LOVED the film. The acting was amazing, the scenes were amazing, and the cast was amazing. Overall I thought this movie was well made. Christoph Waltz should get an Oscar nomination for his outstanding performance.
  • Delvis
    @ #9 I laughed at what you wrote only because, after my midnight showing, I got home around 3:30 in the morning (add time for the several previews & drive home) & had to litereally tell myself to stop thinking about the movie in order to sleep - since I had to get up in 3 hours to go to work. It was worth it, though. @ #22 Haggus, you beat me to it. Landa specifically switches to English for the sake of his investigation. Not for the sake of the audience. It wasn't the easiest thing to catch for casual viewers, but folks should have been suspicious since the Colonel displayed such fluent skills with the French language. At this point, the first chapter is my favorite. Then again, Operation Kino is also perfect.
  • Tom Arnold
    The bar scene is one of my favorites of all time. I felt like i was sitting in a chair next to the SS Major.
  • ChrisUK
    at first i thought the SS guy switching to english was just a way to lose the subtitles, but it was all part of the brilliant plan...and i think it also poked a bit of fun at films like Valkyrie where the cast suddenly speaks english and the actors make no attempt to even sound german\french\whatever. What next for Tarrantino? Either a sci-fi or a period martial arts movie please!
  • Please let Tarantino direct the 3rd Transformers movie! LOL
  • DoomCanoe
    i loved it. the whole thing was amazing. It's not my favorite movie he has made only because Kill Bill was sooo godly in my eyes. but i do agree that it is his best. He really shows off that he is the master of Dialogue and does a damn good job. the acting was superb and it was by far the best directing we have seen all year. its got my vote for movie of the summer and everyone should check it
  • theres a scene in the trailer right after it says Kill Them All with some guy running down a hallway or corridor with a giant super machine gun type weapon. that scene wasn't in the movie. Inception looks sweet
  • Al
    27 - FAIL
  • Spider
    Great flick! Not what I was expecting--the flick was, indeed, promoted as a high octane action extravaganza. It was good, nonetheless. My only qualms about this flick were the absence of the various scenes shown in the trailers. I sure wish the flicks would be shown as they are promoted!
  • Kenco
    Absolutely incredible movie, most tense I've ever been in my life! Waltz has got to win for best supporting actor! Michael Fassbender was awesome and I'm shocked at how good Diane Kruger was... Outstanding film. Tarantino is the man.
  • Trey
    that was a very tense movie...the jew hunter should get a oscar
  • dom
    Haggus - I get why he changed to english, that wasn't difficult to follow lol. BUT the method he uses to disguise the reason was pretty stupid! Oh now I no longer have the skill to speak french - can I change? Honestly! If I were french and was having a conversation that required quite a level of understanding of the language, I wouldnt expect them to suddenly request to change. Coloumbo wouldnt have had to do that!
  • Masterpiece... Really? That's childish. Slow moving in many areas, not to mention some very silly choices with the music. Brad saved this one from being a complete wreck.
  • Icarus
    Ok, I LIKED it, but I'm not on my knees with it stuffed in my throat like this reviewer seems to be. I will say this though, he's dead on about a Best Supporting Actor nom/win. Also, there was a moment in this film that absolutely blew me away. Not a real spoiler, but I'll tag it regardless. *SPOILER* When Hitler is watching the film, cheering and laughing at all the American's getting shot, I looked at my friends with whom I had come to the movie and said something like, "What a sick fucking bastard." But then, less than a minute later, when the Basterds are up in the booth shooting Nazi's like fish in a barrel, I started cheering and laughing, only to abruptly and suddenly notice the horrible revelation of what I was doing. Absolute brilliant filmmaking. *END SPOILER*
  • Efrain
    I honestly tried to find the words to try to explain how much this movie is in fact a masterpiece but i couldn't. But these words are exactly those i was looking for. Tarantino's MASTERPIECE INDEED.
  • Certainly this movie is as Brad Pitt said best in his closing line Tarantino's "masterpiece." The incredibly long scenes were so profound due to the rarity of seeing such a thing in cinema in this age, especially so many times in the same movie. Easily my favorite movie of the year.
  • AK
    Low expectations after the post Cannes poor buzz. I was blown away. Absolutely blown away. Tarantino has produced his mastodon with Kill Bill, his overall masterpiece and defining piece with Pulp Fiction and this to me is him proving what an amazing director he is. Its 154 minutes long and extremely well composed. Its suspense, emotion, thrilling action and hysterical humour all wrapped into an absolutely perfectly balanced piece. Tarantino cannot produce a new Pulp Fiction, or top it. The film in itself is one thing, but the snowball effect its had as the years have gone by is massive. I honestly think the guy is just having fun now.
  • notalent
    Tarantino and Nolan should collaborate on the next Batman movie. That would be epic. Unless they are already in planning stages. With Tarantino, they could incite a little bit of dark humor.
  • Luke
    #35 I totally agree.
  • John
    The Jew Hunter guy was awesome, after reading your review have to agree the women movie theater owner was awesome also. Bradd Pitt was just doing a bad GW Bush impression, almost wanted him to buy it. Tarantino blew the ending though. WWII doesn't end this way, everyone knows in bad WWII comandos movies; the mission is accomplished, but at a terrible cost to the good guys, and hitler narrowly gets away so WWII can end as it is supposed. Who else wanted one of the german in the bar to have a nazi cross carved in his forehead underneath one of those playing cards. That was an amazing scene though. Just though he could have had a better ending.
  • Tempral
    Loved the movie. And I'm actually glad the violence/special effects were few and far between. Goes to show that you don't need to be a Michael Bay with every shot oozing CG and explotions to have a great movie.
  • Richard
    I just saw this movie and I thought it was just OK, I love QT movies but this one just didn't seem to have the right formula for me, let me start off with what I thought was good/great: 1) Suspense, the suspense that he builds in each scene was fantastic and had a great payoff 2) Visuals, the movie looked superb, from the vistas to the cramped basements it all looked grand 3) Music, its a QT movies of course the music rocked What I DIDN'T like, not that others wouldn't but I found the following irritating: 1) Character development, its like I wanted more basterds, they were there for a very short period of time on film and not very well developed, well introduced but not fleshed out at all and I actually think Brad Pitt wasn't so great in that role, anyone could have done it. 2) Repetition, it seemed to me that there was too much talking around and around about the same things, sure it built up some suspense but it mostly kinda made me bored. I think they should have cut some of the nonsense. 3) Too disjointed, its like, ok yeah it was cool in Kill Bill but do you really need all these cut scenes and music stops with no transitions all over the place, I dont know it took me out of the mood. 4) Too drawn out, seriously I love OT and Im not all about action or anything at all but I really did feel my eyes getting heavy and almost dozed off a few times because it was too drawn out and slow in some sections. Overall I thought it was enjoyable but not great, maybe it just wasn't what I was expecting and subsequent viewing it will grow on me, but my initial reaction was that it was just OK.
  • Richard
    Oh and the bad guys, kudos to QT, some of the best Nazi's ever.
  • Dan
    #42 It was a Hitler double who perished - not the real one!!!!!! Ask Alex and sees what he says DAN
  • Dan
    #42 The Hitler that was assasinated was a decoy - a double......Look it up, Hitler had tens of decoys during WW2 Dan
  • why doesnt anyone make a movie where the nazis actaully win for a change?
  • @47 Huh... the Hitler double thing really makes sense now I think about it. Way to make an brilliant movie even better.
  • zibo fricka
    "I did have issues with the film, like the reason for the SS commander to switch into english given his poor french in the opening sequence - but the guy was speaking it perfectly! Requirement to keep the story moving, which was a shame… anyways, the biggest problem was Brad Pitts character and the sudden change in pace when we finally get into the closing chapter within the cinema - it really was all over the place!!" The Jew Hunter did that on purpose. He knew the jews, if they were there, didn't speak English. The entire time in the opening scene, The Jew Hunter was frontin'.
  • zibo fricka
    "The Jew Hunter guy was awesome, after reading your review have to agree the women movie theater owner was awesome also. Bradd Pitt was just doing a bad GW Bush impression, almost wanted him to buy it. Tarantino blew the ending though. WWII doesn't end this way, everyone knows in bad WWII comandos movies; the mission is accomplished, but at a terrible cost to the good guys, and hitler narrowly gets away so WWII can end as it is supposed. Who else wanted one of the german in the bar to have a nazi cross carved in his forehead underneath one of those playing cards. That was an amazing scene though. Just though he could have had a better ending." #42 - QT made this movie as if he were actually in 1943 at the time. Watching the movie with the mindset of "it's 1943, the war hasn't ended yet, in fact, at the moment I'm watching the move, I don't 'know' how the war will actually turn out". When watching the movie with that mindset, as if your a movie-goer during 1943, the entire plot actually makes sense. It's the kind of movie that would have come out if QT did this movie back then, and could get away with everything. Basterds is one of my all-time favorite movies.
  • The acting was superb!! Christopher Waltz deserves an Oscar, seriously. I don't say that often, but honestly the man should get one for this movie, he spoke every language in this movie, and delivered with such amazing touch and poise. He stole the show in a movie that everybody was amazingly impressive.
  • I thought this was a great film Tarantino back to his best !
  • Well, I for one was one of those who walked in the theatre to watch a movie that was cleverly written and greatly performed and deliciously directed, i was one of those and i havent been dissappointed. I have seen it twice in the theatre and loved every second of it the dialogues had QT written all over them. they were witty and in depth. the character development was at his finest. you got to learn and feel for almost all of the major cast. i loved his "Witch-hunter" Nazi 😀 well i think its time i order the Bluray or should i wait for the directors cut 😛 let me see 😀 cheers burak
  • Lynda Starwriter
    I was absolutely put off by the esoteric title. Didn't go see it; I wasn't inclined, Mr. Pitt or no.
  • chatlaak
    Please let Tarantino direct the 3rd Transformers movie! LOL. :)
  • chatlaak
    just saw this movie and I thought it was just OK, I love QT movies but this one just didn't seem to have the right formula for me, let me start off with what I thought was good/great: 1) Suspense, the suspense that he builds in each scene was fantastic and had a great payoff 2) Visuals, the movie looked superb, from the vistas to the cramped basements it all looked grand 3) Music, its a QT movies of course the music rocked What I DIDN'T like, not that others wouldn't but I found the following irritating: 1) Character development, its like I wanted more basterds, they were there for a very short period of time on film and not very well developed, well introduced but not fleshed out at all and I actually think Brad Pitt wasn't so great in that role, anyone could have done it. 2) Repetition, it seemed to me that there was too much talking around and around about the same things, sure it built up some suspense porno but it mostly kinda made me bored. I think they should have cut some of the nonsense. 3) Too disjointed, its like, ok yeah it was cool in Kill Bill but do you really need all these cut scenes and music stops with no transitions all over the place, I dont know it took me out of the mood. 4) Too drawn out, seriously I love OT and Im not all about action or anything at all but I really did feel my eyes getting heavy and almost dozed off a few times because it was too drawn out and slow in some sections. Overall I thought it was enjoyable but not great, maybe it just wasn't what I was expecting and subsequent viewing it will grow on me, but my initial reaction was that it was just OK
  • polo
    Tarantino and Nolan should collaborate on the next Batman movie. That would be epic. Unless they are already in planning stages. With Tarantino, they could incite a little bit of dark humor..
  • aynur
    The Hitler that was assasinated was a decoy - a double……Look it up, Hitler had tens of decoys during.
  • nikola
    Okey, I LIKED it, but I'm not on my knees with it stuffed in my throat like this reviewer seems to be. I will say this though, he's dead on about a Best Supporting Actor nom/win. Also, there was a moment in this film that absolutely blew me away. Not a real spoiler, but I'll tag it regardless. *SPOILER* When Hitler is watching the film, cheering and laughing at all the American's getting shot, I looked at my friends with whom I had come to the movie and said something like, "What a sick fucking bastard." But then, less than a minute later, when the Basterds are up in the booth shooting Nazi's like fish in a barrel, I started cheering and laughing, only to abruptly and suddenly notice the horrible revelation of what I was doing. Absolute brilliant filmmaking.
  • oliverss
    yea => 4) Too drawn out, seriously I love OT and Im not all about action or anything at all but I really did feel my eyes getting heavy and almost dozed off a few times because it was too drawn out and slow in some sections.
  • An excellent picturization of an actual war like situation by director Quentin Tarantino. I would rate it 9 out of 10 and recommend at-least one solo view.
  • Kora Koranian
    Good film but not quite great
  • Great review! Any movie by Tarantino is awesome and what a wonderful performance by Christoph Waltz! This is definitely Tarantino's masterpiece along with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
  • I really sick of tarantino's more action more bloody and less reasonable movies. He has to change his way immediately
  • this is more than a masterpiece... it's a grand masterpiece... love it... awesome....
  • THAT'S A BINGO, for sure. 9.9/10
  • verry good
  • guh
    Loved this movie, loved everything about it. Half the movie being spoken in german (with subtitles) made it seem very authentic, the action was amazing as well as the storyline. This movie though was (unexpectedly) the most graphic movie i've ever seen..and i've seen a shitload of gory/graphic movies. 9/10
  • I have never seen anyone giving 10/10 for a movie review. This is a must watch movie for me. Please let me know where can I see this movie.
  • ugh
    first time seeing fictional film based on true event, ohh and it succck baddd should just use alien vs earthling , this film is for cannes film ,not much expectation but gory as always,this film more like his personal agenda/benefit .And it does pay well even for numbsickle, well we all know who nominee his film,just we CANT say it out loud in public. we can say for most part of the world(ME) revovle around this film...if understand,well there nothing more to say
  • The Weinstein Company is marketing this as an action film.
  • I have to agree that christopher waltz was absolutely incredible in this film. His accent was perfect throughout the film, especially when he spoke italian. Very impressive. You couldn't help but be captivated every time he was in a scene.

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10. Wilderpeople
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Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
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