Francois Duhamel
Chris Nashawaty
December 09, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Inglourious Basterds

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
08/21/09
performer
Diane Kruger, Brad Pitt, Daniel Bruhl
director
Quentin Tarantino
author
Quentin Tarantino
genre
War, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

From its spaghetti-flavored Sergio Leone opening to its bullet-riddled Sam Peckinpah coda, Quentin Tarantino’s riff on WWII (and WWII movies) is easily his best film since Pulp Fiction. Inglourious Basterds may be as reckless with history as it is with spelling, but who cares when the actors (and the audience) are having this much fun? Brad Pitt hams it up as a Southern-fried lieutenant leading a pack of Jewish GI avengers into occupied Paris to whack the Nazi high command during a glitzy movie premiere. Meanwhile, Christoph Waltz’s deliciously evil Gestapo gumshoe crosses paths with a French resistance fighter (Mélanie Laurent). EXTRAS on the two-disc special edition include a longer version of the film-within-a-film, Nation’s Pride; a look at Joseph Goebbels’ film industry; and a giddy Q&A with Pitt and Tarantino. A

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