Inglourious Basterds (R) - 2009 - Runtime: 153 minutes
Starring: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth Christoph Waltz
Director: Quentin Tarantino
When Tarentino gets behind the camera, he always hits it out of the park. I haven't been disappointed with any of his movies. Granted, when he slaps his name over movies that he produces or has a hand in bringing over to America I roll my eyes. Mostly it's garbage to me because I have no interest in B-movies or martial arts. But back to this movie - it's no surprise that I would be salivating over this movie - WWII + Tarantino + Killin' Nazis = Win, Win, Win. I have no clue why I didn't go see this in theaters. It mainly had to do with Maggie not wanting to see this at all. But! She decided to "just check out the first fifteen minutes" and see if she'll watch the rest. And I think, by the end of the movie (and it was long!), she enjoyed it more than I did!
The plot's pretty simple - Brad Pitt plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine who leads a band of Dirty Dozen-esque soldiers around Nazi-occupied France to do one thing: kill Nazis and instill fear across the Third Reich. Well, they're pretty successful, but the movie doesn't follow them around too much - the story revolves around the revenge of one particular Jewish woman who witnessed the death of her family by Colonel Hans Landa, the "Jew Killer." Christop Waltz plays him so well - he's creepy and sadistic and someone you definitely do not want to cross. There's already Oscar buzz around Waltz's performance and it's well-deserved.
But the real gem is Tarantino's ability to really draw you into each scene. The first twenty to thirty minutes are excruciatingly tense - you know feces will be hitting the fan soon, but it's never too apparent as to how things will play out. And every scene is like this - there are moments of tension that you're holding your breath, awaiting the other shoe to drop. There's a lot of great dialog as per usual, too.
This movie will probably go down as one of the best of this decade - everything is intact for the perfect movie. It's a great thrill ride and riveting from start to finish - a must own if you're a fan of Tarantino or World War II pics.
Rating: Own It!