Inglourious Basterds ★★★★★

Quentin Tarantino knows how to grab your attention. Stylized violence, quotable scripts, memorable characters, and managing to turn relatively unknown actors into superstars. Inglorious Basterds has all those ingredients and much much more.
It was only a matter of time before Tarantino turned his attention towards a genre other than crime. What we got was this stunningly crafted alternate history war film littered with those Tarantino touches that made it unmistakably his. He gave us characters so vividly constructed that the ludicrously crazy plot seemed ever more plausible as the film progressed. Focusing on a twin story-arc that comes together in a fireball and a hail of bullets, it has one superb scene after another. From the moment Christoph Waltz appears on screen you are transfixed by both the loathsome character he plays and the incredible acting ability that just flows effortlessly from his lips. Rarely have I had an experience like it. An actor I'd never seen before who utterly dominates every scene he's in even alongside Hollywood superstars, he was a bolt from the blue.
Playing a SS Colonel hunting Jews in occupied France, his Hans Landa leaves a lasting impression on a young Jewess who escapes his clutches. Fast forward 4 years and Landa is in Paris at the behest of Goebbels to provide security for a propaganda film premiere. The owner of the cinema however just happens to be the Jewish girl who evaded him previously, and as the two are thrown together little do they know that larger plans are afoot. The violence that always dominates Tarantino's films is provided by Brad Pitt and his Basterds from the title, a group of Jewish American soldiers operating behind enemy lines who are causing a sensation with some bloodthirsty antics of their own. With the Basterds and their undercover agent in the German film industry also intent on causing carnage at the premiere, the chances of success seem high.
As well as Waltz and Pitt the cast is again another great ensemble that includes the likes of Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, and the beautiful Melanie Laurent. Tarantino's script has French, German, and English flowing between the leads in a film that feels very European despite the efforts of Knoxville, Tennessee's favorite son. I still haven't seen Pulp Fiction, so this remains my favorite Tarantino film, and to be honest Pulp Fiction is really going to have to be something special to jostle this from the top spot.

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