Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Written by Quentin Tarantino
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Tarantino’s latest, a historical fantasy, explores the possibility of an alternative ending to World War II and the Nazi Party. Although filled with his trademark hauntingly piercing soundtrack, famous guest appearances, and gun blasts galore, it is a different kind of Tarantino story. Still fantastical and sickeningly comical, but with a glitzier feel to it.
After all, Brad Pitt stars.
Two stories run parallel, that of French Jewish woman Shosannah Dreyfus, living undercover as a non-Jewish French citizen and American Lieutenant Aldo Raine and his intense squad of Basterds.
The Inglourious Basterds and Dreyfus, both in Nazi-occupied France, each separately concoct a plan to take down the greatest leaders of the Nazi Party and the head honcho himself. While there is plenty of gore, it’s not much worse than that of any film portraying the casualties of wartime.
Whether filmgoers are Tarantino fans or not, the acting is polished, even superb, from European stars like Christoph Waltz. Setting aside history, the storyline is absolutely engaging, and not without the signature dark magic of Tarantino’s films.