©2019 by Sean Whitehurst

Inglorious Basterds (2009) <><><><><>




After seeing Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood, I revisited another Quentin Tarantino film. Inglorious Basterds is, like all QT films, a fairy tale. This time, World War II ends early. Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa, Jew Hunter. There are also two standout female roles; Shosanna and Bridget de Hammersmack. Brad Pitt is in this movie. The fact that I mention him last is related to how good the other performances are.


As with any QT film the plot builds from various directions. This may be Tarantino's greatest composition. All of the storylines fit together so well that it is a joy to watch. Even the gratuitous violence scene advances the plot and helps develop the characters.


Cheering for American's defeating Nazi's is easy to do as an American. This movie does show some of the German perspectives as well to lend some balance and conflict within the movie. Add in countless different languages being spoken and this movie's greatness is solidified.


This is my favorite Quentin Tarantino movie. It was a great subject for him to tackle. This is my benchmark for QT movie excellence.

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