Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl
Synopsis: Tarantino’s film with the longest gestation covers a plot to kill the top brass of Hitler’s Third Reich in a Parisian cinema during the premiere of the latest Nazi propoganda film. This is not quite a faithful retelling of history, but like all Tarantino, most of the fun is in the ride.
A review by Film Nerd.
This is a film that wears its Tarantino nature on its sleeve, and that is what makes it so brilliant. He has always been a true student of cinema, clear from any interview he will devour cinema from any source. No more is this evident in the brilliant though failed attempt at bringing the flavour of B-cinema back to the main stream with Grindhouse. Inglourious Basterds is no experiment though, no matter how much it tests a spell-checker. This is pure, unadulterated classic style Tarantino. I feel this is the most adequate praise for this film, for if you don’t enjoy his films, don’t bother with this one.
The key to this film is not plot, necessarily, though it is a fun romp all the way through. The true strength is in dialogue, character, and the skill of the actors to pull it together. Brad Pitt may headline, but this is not his film. The true star is Waltz’s Colonel Landa, a delightful villain in true smiling assassin mode. He exhibits true charisma, but it is played just to the wrong side of oily without being despicable. It is a character you love to hate.
Another recommendation is that though this film can not be accused by any means of being authentic history, the look and the sound of the film is all authentic. The visuals are all examples of Tarantino trying to frame a beautiful shot, whether it be of landscape, or kinetic bullet flying action. I comment on the audio in particular though. It feels authentic as rarely is a contrivance used to get everyone talking in english. There are a lot of subtitles, a lot of French, German, and even Italian flying around as necessary. As such, there is nothing there for you to step back and guffaw at, unless it be the director’s clear intention that you do so.
This is another example of me making the mistake of missing Tarantino at the cinema and only getting to appreciate it long after the DVD release. If there is not a review posted on Film Actually of the next Tarantino film while it is still in cinemas, then I have no right to write for this blog any longer!!
5 stars (out of a possible 5)