review//INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

I'm going to start this review by stating that I am not a big Quentin Tarantino fan by any means. Sure, Pulp Fiction was cool. Kill Bill had some awesome action scenes. Reservoir Dogs was good. But, none of his films ever really do anything for me. He definitely has a style, and I like that he sticks to it, no matter how crazy people think he may be.
                 With his newest film, or masterpiece, Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino has taken his oft violent style and fused it with a twisted version of World War II and the Holocaust, creating an incredible, heart-wrenching look at one of the worst times in history. The story follows a team of Jewish-American soldiers as they go on a rampage for the scalps of Jew-hating Nazi soldiers, headed up by Tennessean Lt. Aldo Raine (played brilliantly by Brad Pitt). Along their conquest, the soldiers cross paths with Shosanna Dreyfuss (Melanie Laurent, in her US debut) who is an undercover Jew in Paris, taking care of a movie theater. After a Nazi soldier falls for her, she agrees to host the premiere of a Nazi propoganda film, meaning the whos-who of Nazi Germany will be in attendance, including one Adolf Hitler.
                 Tarantino's style is apparent throughout the film and it's only made better by the outstanding ensemble cast, including Diane Kruger (who seems to be getting better with every project) and a few surprise castmembers like Mike Meyers, Eli Roth, and The Office's BJ Novak. There's also some terrific cinematography throughout the picture. Tarantino has definitely upped his own game as his projects seem to get more funding, allowing for his ideas to come to fruition as art. It's a great film you definitely need to see. It'll be one listed in the nominees for Best Picture for sure, and it deserves it.

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