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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

2009 (Quentin Tarantino) 14A, 152 minutes

Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth

He’s back and better than ever. Tarantino hits the screen with all he’s got and what we get is one of his best. Showing his “mature” director side (sort of) he focuses on building intensity, character development, pacing, incredible casting, as he flips endlessly from humour to thriller. Despite outward appearances, this isn’t so much a war film as a fascinating, unhinged romp through the mythmaking process of film. The first minute sets the tone, ”Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France,” and he just keeps on spinning from there. The story is simple-a group of US Jewish soldiers, led by Aldo Raine from Tennessee (Pitt) dropped into Nazi-occupied France with the sole intention of killing as many Nazis as they can. Running parallel is the story of a beautiful Jewish refugee hiding in Paris (Melanie Laurent-a French Uma) plotting revenge for her family’s death. The thread that binds and brings them together is the terrifying Col. Hans Landa-the Jew Hunter (Christoph Waltz, in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance). They all smash together into the most fantastic explosive ending of any Tarantino film.

Shirley Hughes

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