Tarantino Does It Again

Once upon a time… in Nazi-occupied France. Yes, it is indeed the opening of a fairytale. And what a fairytale it is that the wizard of dialogue serves us in Inglourious Basterds, even in several languages! It is partly dark, partly sinister and specked with an immense amount of humour, wits and irony, perhaps even more so than we’ve seen in previous Quentin Tarantino features.

In the opening scene, we meet the Nazi “Jew hunter” SS Colonel Hans Larda (Christian Waltz), who is suspecting French dairy farmer Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet) is hiding a family of Jews in his house. Opening with a long and, as usual, superbly written dialogue, this pretty much sets the pace for the feature as a whole. The tension is at times unbearable, and the subtle details some die hard Tarantino fans will pick up, makes this a movie for everyone to enjoy.


Yes, there is blood, violence and alcohol, as is mandatory in a Tarantino picture. The same goes for the opening credits and its accompanying music which makes it feel like the cinema has jumped some 30 years back in time. Truly, it is tremendous, and of course the music (always very fitting with Tarantino, isn’t it?) stays along this path most of the time, although interrupted by more modern pieces of music when most inappropriate.

I will not go so far as to claim this is Tarantino’s best picture to date, Pulp Fiction is still atop the throne, but this one comes damn close, and for all fans of movies, as well as all amateur screen writers and manuscript authors out there, this is a must see. My expectations were very high, and after almost a decade of writing, Tarantino duly delivered.

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