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:: Inglourious Basterds

It’s been a while since Quentin Tarantino has released a great film, rubbish like ‘Death Proof’ have blotted what many were predicting would be a faultless career as a filmmaker. But he bounces back to his brilliant best with ‘Inglourious Basterds’, a film that it isn’t far-fetched to describe as ‘one of the best films to surface in 2009’.

Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) heads up a unit of soldiers during World War II whose only aim is to scalp as many Nazis as they possible can. When a plot is put together to take out the higher level Nazis at a film premiere, Raine must put together a squad that includes The Bear Jew (Eli Roth), a British commando/film critic (Michael Fassbender) and German movie star, Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger). Unknown to them the Jewish owner of the cinema, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) is planning revenge of her own. On the other side you have Colonel Hans Landa (Christopher Waltz) and soldier turned movie star, Frederick Loller (Daniel Bruhl) who are told to protect the premiere’s guests which will include Joseph Goebbels (Sylvester Groth) and Adolf Hitler (Martin Wuttke).

Tarantino shows his class a a filmmaker by making ‘Inglourious Basterds’ up from lengthy scenes that consist of long passages of dialogue while the undertone of suspense and violence is always bubbling under the surface. Some will criticise Tarantino’s ‘over’ use of dialogue, but I believe that it is this that makes the film so good. The script took eight years to write but at least he got it perfect.

Of course some will also criticise the fact ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is not historically correct, but Tarantino doesn’t do this in a disrespectful way and I didn’t feel that it detracted from the story. In fact in some ways it made it more suspenseful because you had no idea what was going to happen next.

Like all of Tarantino’s movies there are stars galore and while same cameos (namely Mike Myers’s) don’t work as well as they should, as a while the acting is top notch. As you would expect Brad Putt obviously enjoyed his role but the standout for me is Melanie Laurent. Her performance is so good that you openly find yourself barracking for Shosanna and her plan.

‘Inglorious Basterds’ deserves its title as one of the films of the year. Suspenseful, poetically violent and beautifully written, this will is destined to become a classic.