August 27, 2009
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Once again Quentin Tarantino has crafted a film that stands alone. Brad Pitt’s accent as Aldo Raine is one of the many facets that make Aldo a three dimensional figure. Set in France during the German occupation of World War II, the film follows “the basterds” as they navigate behind enemy lines killing and scalping Nazis. Alternately, it follows Shoshanna as she hides from the Nazis only to inherit a movie theater that becomes many of their tombs. Quentin’s knack for sharp dialogue is back, something not so apparent in Death Proof. The sets bleed authenticity as much as the principal actors do. Is Raine a bit over the top? Yes, but in a way that isn’t a distraction but an addition to the journey that this movie takes.
The supporting characters range from the vivid to the underdeveloped. Seeing Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and B.J. Novak gave me a slight chuckle. Seeing Eli Roth and Til Schweiger were neat, and of course Diane Kruger and the Landa character almost leap off the page.
I was concerned in the amount of talking in proportion to action in this film. I felt a bit cheated on the ad campaign that billed it as an action epic. Epic it is (It’s Tarantino!). The action is similar to The Hurt Locker, in that the absence of action doesn’t take away from the movie, but actually build suspense from scene to scene. As if the action itself is nothing more than more dialogue.
Another great film by Tarantino. Watch and enjoy the historically (intentionally) inaccurate ending and admire the nod to Charles Manson. 4 out of 5 stars