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Quentin Tarantino gives us an alternative ending to World War II via Inglourious Basterds. It has everything you’re looking for in a Tarantino film – violent, bloody, and funny. It had my full attention right from the opening sequence where Colonel Hans “Jew Hunter” Landa (Christoph Waltz) was interrogating the dairy farmer (Denis Menochet).

Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is the leader of the Basterds, which is a group of American soldiers whose goal is to kill Nazis within the occupied territory. Then there’s Shosanna (Melanie Laurent), a Jewish cinema owner who has witnessed her family being massacred by Landa’s group.

The lives of the Raine, Shosanna, and Landa intertwine with each other and end with the slaughter of the Nazis, including Hitler, in the cinema. We all know that Hitler didn’t die in a cinema but why stick to historical facts when a fanfic will be more entertaining. The Inglourious Basterds has a lot of historical inaccuracies; if you want to know the truth then watch a documentary instead.

Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt): You know somethin’, Utivich? I think this might just be my masterpiece.

At first I was annoyed with Pitt’s accent but it became bearable as the movie progressed. Pitt, Waltz, Laurent, and the rest of the cast members of the Inglourious Basterds gave an outstanding performance. When Mike Myers came on screen, all I could think about was Austin Powers. Oh well, he did play a British military man in this one. Diane Kruger provided additional eye-candy as Bridget von Hammersmark.

Quentin Tarantino knows how to entertain his fans. He managed to make World War II fun. The Inglourious Basterds is 2 ½ hours long but it’s filled with suspense, drama, action, and humor that you wouldn’t even notice the time. A lot of people and spell checkers hate this movie. They are calling it a travesty and an insult for those who died during the war. But Tarantino didn’t pass it as reality. It’s his version and I like it.


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