Aroview: A cocky, revisionist war epic channeling spaghetti westerns and the Dirty Dozen, Quentin Tarantino’s long-time pet project is perhaps his most restrained yet, charting a renegade Jewish-American resistance hellbent on murdering and disfiguring Nazi war criminals.
Alternating between Brad Pitt’s Nazi-hunting green berets and a Jewish cinema owner (Laurent) plotting to blow up her theatre with Hitler inside, the film’s concept is nothing if not mischievous fun, further inflated by at least one flamboyant, eye-catching performance. Although exceptionally talky and overlong, Tarantino’s self-indulgences are also for once kept on the down-low, with cinema references tied distinctively to German propaganda film and Weimar-era expressionism – all set amongst lavishly art directed surroundings.
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3 stars (Good Enough) Tarantino gets some great performances, notably from Christoph Waltz and rising star Michael Fassbender but we don't see nearly enough of them and the overblown climax removes the viewer from the subtlety of their work, into a pointless bloodbath.~The Myrka
4 stars (Very Good) Inglorious Basterds begins as serious WWII affair starring the incredible Mr Waltz, before becoming more and more Tarantino in dialogue, quirk, and violence. A great ride as always, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a mature Tarantino at work.~Tom H