Tarantino, with less of the gore
Courtesy of Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures, Eli Roth as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz and Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino's new movie, "Inglourious Basterds." IB_01599.C.tif

It's hard to think of anybody who is more passionate about movies than Quentin Tarantino. He directs, writes and produces great movies. It's just what he does, and his latest work, "Inglourious Basterds," reinforces it.

When thinking about a great Tarantino film, one might consider "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," or even the "Kill Bill" movies. After a two-year hiatus, "Basterds" can be added to this list.

"Basterds" is the story of a Jewish-American squad of Nazi hunters under the command of squad leader Aldo Raine. Raine sends them on a mission to kill 100 Nazis each and scalp them, and he wants his scalps. The story was told like a book, with five apparently unrelated chapters that all come together in the end for an awesome climax.

The film stars Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine, Eli Roth as Danny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz (who enjoys beating Nazis to a pulp with a baseball bat), and Dianne Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark. These were the only known-name players, other than a cameo by Mike Meyers and a short voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson. Unknown foreign players were Melanie Laurent as Shoshanna Dreyfus and Christoph Waltz as Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa.

The film was extremely enjoyable. Tarantino has a knack for making outstanding films. While Tarantino's movies are usually complete "gore fests," this is not exactly that. The trailer made the film appear like an action flick, and sure there is some action, but this was a very laid-back type of Tarantino flick. It took him 10 years to complete the script, and there isn't one scene where the writing isn't flawless.

For an avid viewer who enjoys the gore, this Tarantino movie has some, but there's more dialogue, some of it in German and French with subtitles. One scene in a bar lasted for about 20 minutes, and it was all subtitled German.

There's violence at the scene's end, and when Tarantino does violence, he does it up.

Pitt has some extremely witty one-liners. One of my favorites was when he proudly told the Basterds, "We ain't in the war business, we're in the Nazi killin' business, and cousin, business is a-boomin."

All in all, "Basterds" was a highly enjoyable movie. It was quite unique to see this side of Quentin and all of the acting was superb, especially Pitt, who adds a comical layer to the flick. For all Tarantino fans, go see "Basterds" to see the other side of the Quentin we all know. Four stars out of five.

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