A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (aka Aldo the Apache," Brad Pitt) -- is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. Raine's mission is to strike fear into the heart of Adolf Hitler by brutally murdering as many goose-steppers as possible, or die trying. In order to accomplish that goal, Lt. Raine recruits a ruthless team of cold-blooded killers known as "The Basterds" which includes baseball-bat-wielding Bostonian Sgt. Donnie Donowitz (aka "The Bear Jew," Eli Roth) and steely psychopath Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), among others. When the Basterds' secret rendezvous with turncoat German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) goes awry, they learn that the Nazis will be staging the French premiere of "The Nation's Pride," a rousing propaganda film based on the exploits of German hero Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brühl), at a modest theater owned by Jewish cinephile Shoshanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), posing as a Gentile after the brutal murder of her family by the ruthless Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). As the Basterds hatch an explosive plan to take out as many Nazis as possible at the premiere, they remain completely oblivious to the fact that Shoshanna, too, longs to bring the Third Reich to its knees, and that she's willing to sacrifice her beloved theater in the process.~Jason Buchanan
Tarantino does movies that are always interesting. Many are very good and most are great. This is a great film.
Like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this is a version of history that is fictitious but a history you wish was real. That is what makes this story so rewarding.
There are some movies that are worthy of having in your collection so you can watch it when the desire hits you. This is one such movie.
This movie was director Tarantino's biggest hit since "Pulp Fiction." Yet, judging from some of the reviews, many weren't happy with what they saw. Blame it partly on the marketing, which presented this as a Brad Pitt movie (he's only in it about 25 minutes) and a dark comedy, which it isn't (though it does have some humorous parts). Still, this is a remarkable, if flawed film. The three extended scenes are film-making of a very high order, and the remainder is never less than fascinating in that offbeat Tarantino way. I enjoyed the history rewrite, with Jews taking revenge on the Germans in gory but deliciously vivid ways. However, I also felt the director was pulling some punches, going for instant gratification instead of really probing the nature of good and evil that might have raised this to the level of a true classic. Still, watching Tarantino move with such ease into such a different genre is exciting. I think his best movies are yet to come, if he can restrain his impulse to always place style slightly ahead of substance.
An alternate retelling of WWII history as only Quinten Tarantino can write and direct. A great cast including Brad Pitt produces a tongue in cheek reality as Jewish American Army soldiers trying to assassinate the German High Command including Hitler himself. Great fun and war action. If only WWII had ended this way.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Not Quite Tarantino’s Masterpiece, But Very Close!
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
Quentin Tarantino said that he considered this film to be his masterpiece when it was released back in 2009. While it isn’t quite that (“Pulp Fiction” still has that honor), it is a violently glorious affair as Brad Pitt and his team take on Christoph Waltz in a performance that earned him an Academy Award. All the witty dialogue, the non-linear storytelling and the morally complex characters that you would find in any Tarantino film are all present and accounted for.