Holly-Beth’s review published on Letterboxd:
I started watching this film with some reservations, I knew very little about it prior to watching-- all I really knew was that it was about Nazis, so I suspected it to be no more than a standard trench/front-line WW2 film with your standard revenge-fueled Nazi massacre.
In retrospect I find my reservations to be ridiculous— of course this film wasn’t going to conform to war film genre conventions; it’s director is Quentin Tarantino! It greatly surpassed my expectations in every possible way; it’s more than just a visceral culling, though not exactly what you’d call subtle... It’s utterly unrestrained but it’s that unhinged manner that makes the film work as effectively as it does.
The film’s opening with “Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France” instills immediately the notion that though, yes; this film is about WW2, it’s not going to be, as aforementioned, yet another battle-heavy war film— Tarantino, instead, refreshingly decides to re-write, or fictionalise, history.
'Inglourious Basterds' is the first heavily subtitled film I’ve seen, and it’s made me want to seek out more; the seamless transition of Tarantino’s dialogue as spoken in German, French, and English is enchanting, and is a credit to his well chosen actors, who carry the challenging script with ease throughout.
Speaking of the cast, the acting from the whole cast is impeccable. I was particularly impressed by Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz, the latter being fully deserving of his Academy Award for his role as Hans Landa. However, Brad Pitt too gives an impressive performance; his character, Aldo Raine, steals pretty much all of the scenes he’s in with Pitt’s surprisingly apt comedic timing.
I also liked the unique pacing of the film, the way it was separated into different chapters, like the majority of Tarantino's films are, and the way that it almost consciously knew it was being watched by an audience via it’s various character back-story re-caps.
To be honest with you, I can’t find a fault with this movie, nor do I care to find one.