Thursday, June 16, 2011
355. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'.
Quentin Tarantino's first period piece is a success mainly due to the outstanding performances by Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, and Melanie Laurent. Brad Pitt owns his role as Lt. Aldo Raine a hyperconfident, John Wayne-swaggering, leader of a brigade of Jewish-Americans out to kill out Nazis. Christoph Waltz won a very deserving Oscar for his turn as a German "Jew-hunter". Melanie Laurent's performance as a theater owner turned revolutionary didn't garner as much attention, but it is her role that truly anchors the crux of the movie. Also, only Tarantino could find a way to write a thoroughly entertaining movie about World War II and actually have the cajones to give the War an alternate ending.