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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Likely Quentin Tarantino’s best film"

A surprising review of Inglourious Basterds:

Inglourious Basterds is likely Quentin Tarantino’s best film. It’s his most realistic, at least in terms of characters and dialogue; surprising for a surreal WWII story that seems to use the historical record as rolling paper. It also contains the best performances in any of his films, from the enjoyably hammy Brad Pitt to the fierce but wounded Mélanie Laurent to Christoph Waltz’s polyglot Landa, strolling about like an aristocratic Pazuzu. And most importantly, it’s Tarantino’s least annoying work, one in which he’s able to communicate his intense passion and vast cinematic knowledge without having someone sit down and talk about White Line Fever for 20 minutes. [...]

The story is engrossing - wild and pulpy without descending into parody - the characters feel remarkably honest and neither the violence nor the humour overwhelm the film’s warm, albeit amoral, heart. What more could you want from a mutilated fairy tale?

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