Basterds of Inglorious nature...
I've been mulling over last night's screening I, along with Kendall, Jules, Tom, and Joe (otherwise known as the A-Team) attended of Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.
I'll be quick with this one as i don't feel fully equipped with the right adjectives to properly describe how entertained i was.
For my money, not only the best film of the year thus far, but the more i think of it, it is becoming my favourite Tarantino flick.
The film is driven by it's wealth of characters, all are a blast to watch play on screen. From the blood thirsty Basterds, to the chip cheerio Brits, and the various ugly Nazi dogs there's a lot here to enjoy.
For a second there nearing the end i thought maybe the film was going into excess with its anger and then you remember "oh wait, they're Nazis... fuck em'."
Tarantino perfectly balances scenes rife with cartoon violence and humour with scenes wrought with tension and Oscar worthy performances. The stand out performance comes from Christoph Waltz who plays Nazi Col. Hans Landa aka "The Jew Hunter", who steals every scene he's in.
The ad campaign for the film is quite the opposite of what the film is. The ads would make you think that the film looks like a fun action romp where Nazis get massacred for a good hour and a half. After the opening scene of the film, which runs almost 20 minutes, that sees Col. Landa talking to a French diary farmer under the suspicion that he is harboring Jews you realize that you are in fact watching a FILM. More a drama than an action film, the film itself is compromised mostly of long scenes. i would say there's maybe 10 scenes in the whole film. All of which are exercises in stress, you wait biting your fingernails waiting for every scene to explode. The tension mounting higher and higher to a crescendo the likes only a master director like Tarantino (that's right, he is a master) can provide.
If you can, see this at the cinema DO IT. It's definitely worth it.
oh... and Brad Pitt was ok.