Inglourious Basterds ★★★★★

Film #7 of December Challenge 2013

Holy damn crap. I wasn't the biggest fan of Django Unchained (which was admittedly my first Tarantino film), but Inglourious Basterds is just fucking brilliant. From the unconventional broken up structure of the story, the snare drum/nationalist-feel score and the extremely well fleshed out and interesting characters, Tarantino has already earned my respect (now... I need to watch some of his older films). How Tarantino has transformed the Nazi historical event, into an 'alternative universe' filled with entertaining violence and a certain boldness - is a masterpiece of revenge.

The cast are all-round just fantastic, but a notable star remains Christoph Waltz - who brings hilariously gleeful line delivery and is just excellent. Brad Pitt is also superb, with his Italian accent (had me cackling)- and it was great to see (even small) appearances from Daniel Bruhl and BJ Novak. Tarantino's character development and writing is so sensationally good, and the pacing of the film is just perfect. A two hour film couldn't have gone quicker. The very violence that Tarantino utilises becomes one of the most entertaining and excruciating (yet necessary) parts of this film.

Oh man, I'm still trying to process this film because it was so good. Inglourious Basterds is a hell of an awesome and thoroughly enjoyable ride, and I can't wait to revisit it soon.

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