Posted on 1/21/10 02:36 PM
In this WWII fantasy, the very dramatic but darkly funny tone is set early, as Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) interrogates French dairy farmer, Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet), about the possibility of his harboring enemies of the state. Following a tension-filled pseudo-polite interrogation by Mr. Landa, LaPadite remorsefully gives up the position of the fugitive Jews, of whom only one one survives.
Inglourious Basterds transcends genre as the movie flows seamlessly from intense interrogation and deep conversation to savage butchery without losing a bit of meaning.
The acting all around is impeccable but Christoph Waltz shines as Colonel Hans Landa, and sorely deserves every award he will most certainly get for the role.
A word of caution, this is not a film for those who detest subtitles, German, French and to a MUCH lesser extent Italian, are all spoken over the course of this two and a half hour movie, and to get the full experience of Tarantino's script you cannot miss a word.
"Inglourious Basterds" is a fantastic movie performed by a fantastic cast led by a fantastic director. Don't miss it.