The good news is- Quentin Tarantino has done it again. The bad news? All of the greatest scenes astonishingly were in the trailer. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) has landed in Nazi occupied Germany with a group of totally forgettable soldiers. You would think the way each reservoir dog had their own uniqueness that each basterd would have their own story as well. Pitt’s mission? Have his men scalp a hundred Nazis each and spread the kind of fear in them that they are spreading throughout Europe.
Even though I’m giving this film 3 out of 4 stars, it’s based plainly on the acting abilities in the fascinatingly beautiful old fashioned film noirs of yesteryear. But sadly, what you see is what you get. I was more shocked at the non fleshing out of the Basterds than I was by the meager violence. With notable roles as real life Bostonian, Eli Roth, as the “Bear Jew” who beats heads in, to the Oscar contending Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa the ‘Jew Hunter’- a bipolar type manic one moment and maniacal the next. Perhaps besides Pitt, these are the most worked out characters we receive.
As the basterds main plan comes to fruition, the movie’s already two hours deep. Quentin Tarantino doesn’t just bend history a tad, he outright rewrites it! With balls like that and the genius to back it up, Tarantino proves he can turn history into fiction and have it become art. And with reimagining the ending of WWII? It goes to show as long as this director keeps up his compelling break-neck dialogue and white knuckle violence, he could quite possible film the crucifixion of christ…with Jesus coming off the cross with a machine gun, a ninja sword and a Ferrari to fight ninjas and save Mary Magdalene…and this nerd bastard would sure as fuck see it.
Tarantino knocks another one out of the park yet again but be ready for a dialogue driven film and you’ll be in heaven.