Brilliantly scripted, acted (led by the show-stopping Christoph Waltz), and imagined by genius Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds is a modern cinematic delicacy. 8.4/10.
During the first year of Germany’s occupation of France, Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) puts together a team of Jewish soldiers to get some revenge against Nazis, committing violent acts and taking of their scalps. Joining forces with agent Bridget von Hammersmark to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich, they come across theater owner Shosanna Dreyfus, who seeks to avenge the Nazis’ execution of her family.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Most Memorable Moment: Opening scene where we’re introduced to Waltz’ Landa – Legendary
Pros: LEGENDARY opening scene – positively chilling with the escalating suspense, phenomenal acting, and beautiful countryside cinematography, Impeccable cinematography and attention to detail in even the smallest details like lighting and color contrast especially in the opening countryside Farm scene and ending theater scene, remarkably strong cast with Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Sam L. Jackson, etc., absolutely INCREDIBLE performance by Christoph Waltz as Landa – no wonder he got an Oscar it is absolutely flawless and a masterclass in acting, amazing soundtrack & themes – a staple of Tarantino films, arguably perfect opening act, unbelievable final act bringing all of the film’s storylines together (no matter if some are flawed) and wrapping them up with a bow – sign of great storytelling & Tarantino’s skill as a writer/director, classic cinema and picture feel achieved rarely in modern movies
Cons: classic Tarantino gore like showing people getting scalped, weak middle act with Shoshanna’s and Hammersmark’s storylines – film slows down seemingly 5x to a bizarrely sluggish pace that hinders the experience, constantly switches between languages and entirely in subtitles – distracting & headache-inducing for anyone
Overall Rating: 8.4/10