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Quentin Tarantino’s newest film has it all; action, tragedy, comedy, love, hate and everything else in between.

“Inglorious Basterds” is set in France between 1941 and 1944 as the country is occupied by the Nazis. The story is broken into chapters which introduce new characters and sub-plots. By the end of the film everything is brought together for the film’s grand conclusion.

Though the film can be dragged on at times, there is nothing better than watching the Basterds on screen. Led by Aldo Raine, the Basterds are a group of Jewish-American soldiers whom, as the trailer suggests, love to kill Nazis. Each of these men has a reason to be in Raine’s crew and everyone one of them owes him a hundred scalps. And he wants his scalps.

Still, the Basterds are not the only cool characters in this movie. Christoph Waltz’s character, Colonel Hans Landa, was bad ass. Very witty and sarcastic, the Colonel was a perfect antagonist for the movie. Waltz even won the award for best actor for this performance at the Cannes Film Festival.

Another interesting character is Shosanna Dreyfus. Dreyfus escapes from Landa at the beginning of the movie. When we meet her again three years later she is a changed woman. She has become a survivor and it’s her brains and cunning that have kept her alive. Her character is a powerful symbol.

Of course, with this being a Tarantino film, you can expect plenty of violence and gore. However, the comedy of the film was a pleasant surprise. There are even times where Tarantino puts the two together. It’s almost a little twisted that you’ll be laughing as you watch people get beat to death with a baseball bat by a guy called the Bear Jew.

Everybody did a great job acting in this film. From the presentation of the dialogue to the body language, every actor and actress did a phenomenal job. They also did a great job working together, especially considering there where constant conversations that took place in three different languages, English, German and French. The talent cast for this movie was spot on.

The breakthrough performance of this movie had to be Eli Roth. Roth has worked with Tarantino before but by far his performance as Sergeant Donny Donowitz has been his best one yet. Of all the characters in the movie his was by far the best. His every movement felt natural and believable as opposed to being forced. Keep your eye on Eli Roth cause the man is going places.

Hands down this is another instant classic from Tarantino. Fans will not be disappointed with this film at all. Every camera angle is as perfect for this movie as is every song or melody heard in the background. Tarantino’s unique style is once again used as an ingredient for success.