I’ve been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino over the years and there are only a couple of his films I haven’t got around to seeing, those being Jackie Brown and Four Rooms, the latter of which was made by 4 directors each filming different stories within that movie. Everything else of his I’ve loved as I see him as a near perfect film maker in both his writing and directing although there have been a couple of blips on his radar over the years in my eyes.
The 2005 episode of CSI, which he wrote and directed, felt like he was trying too hard and so much of the dialogue coming from the characters that had been built up over the previous seasons didn’t feel natural. Then in 2007 came his film Death Proof which was part of the two-part movie experience Grindhouse that he made with fellow film making genius Robert Rodriguez.
Death Proof was just plain bad as it dragged on far too long and in the end there was no real story to invest yourself in. But one bad film and one bad TV episode was in no way enough to damage his reputation for me, and when I heard about his new film Inglourious Basterds, which was intentionally spelt wrong due to reasons unknown to me, I was more than happy to head into the local cinema to see it on the big screen.
“In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theatre in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.”
This brief synopsis gives the gist of the story but it really is something that needs to be seen to really understand what the film is about as almost no synopsis could do the film justice in its unfolding story. Tarantino sees this film as his masterpiece and although it’s not my favourite of his films, there are two scenes in particular that are 100% perfect in their style and execution. Overall I loved this film and it really does show his absolute genius when it comes to writing and his visual style of film making.
9 out of 10 from me!!!