Inglourious Basterds (2009) Review

director: Quentin Tarantino

writer: Quentin Tarantino

starring: Brad Pitt, Dianne Kruger, Eli Roth and Christopher Waltz

genre: DramaWar

released: August 21, 2009 (U.S.)

As a huge Tarantino fan, I was thrilled to see his new film, even though I didn't know really what to expect from the trailers, the many casting rumors, casting replacements and the buzz surrounding the film. Now after seeing it and having had an incredible time. I can say this is by far the most entertaining film of 2009.


During WWII there was one group of soldiers the Nazis feared more than anyone else, the "Basterds". They're proficiency at killing Nazis was widely known and when intelligence comes in with the perfect opportunity to assassinate Hitler. The Basterds take point with their characteristic vengeance and proficiency they are viciously known for.


Tarantino’s usual trademarks are all over the map in this film. From the music, tittle credits, chapters and casting choices. Everything is marvelously done as we've been accustomed with his work and the man can literally transform any genre to fit his style and dialogue.

Many who are not fans for one reason or another. For example that say that he "steals" other people's work or that he is not as much of an intellectual in his filmmaking process as European auteurs are. Will never be grateful enough to value all the pleasures that cinema in general might bring them. But also the work that specific kind of directors bring to the table. The fact that there can be to kind of great films to enjoy, the deep thought provoking character studies and the more simplistic genre filmmaking that can please a wider audience.

In "Basterds" Tarantino gives us yet another complete and satisfying experience with what is a fantasy film come true. Fictionalized history of what we all wished should have happened, but know realistically would never could. All done in the zany world that is QT's universe, with a great amount of slow paved moments, that build up the tension, lead to gritty action sequences and individual stories such as Shoshanna's revenge that tie in together perfectly and all lead to the same enjoyable note of sweet death.


Reinventing history and wishing it was true is a feat few can manage to accomplish. Tarantino's films have always been genre films and homages to the exploitation films he grew up with. However, his twist on them is that he brings a rare quality and skill that those low grade dirty films could never afford to have. Yet, those are the films that always have been known to have some of the most diverse and unique plots, characters and twists. It just took a master to bring them to the mainstream to finally value and enjoy. 

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review by Paul Katsaros

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