You can call me crazy, you can say it’s controversial, but I think this may be one of Tarantino’s best films. Yes, it’s not ‘Pulp Fiction’, but this film is really really amazing.
It’s Nazi occupied France and French Jewish cinema owner Shosanna is planning to assassinate Hitler after her family were murdered by SS Colonel Hans Landa, the ‘Jew Hunter’. At the same time, First Lieutenant Aldo Raine and his Jewish American soldiers are dropped into France to also kill the Nazi leader. And thus the plots to end the war intertwine as both parties try their best to succeed. It’s a very well structured plot and everything plays out with enough unexpected twists that make it really exciting.
The cast are great. Brad Pitt and Aldo Raine puts in one of his best performances. He’s cocky, bold and confident. He is also very funny and gets a lot of the laughs from the film. Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna is very good, and managed to convey her anger and fear of the Nazis at the same time very well. She shares one particular scene with Landa where she has such a mix of emotions all bubbling away under the surface and you almost feel as if you are there with her. Speaking of Landa, Christoph Waltz is incredible. He thoroughly deserved his Academy Award because he steals every scene he is in. He’s energetic, excitable and yet very cunning and menacing. He’s so good in his role and really elevates this film to the next level. Smaller roles for Michael Fassbender, Daniel Brühl and Diane Kruger also shine through, as do the rest of the cast.
Quentin Tarantino’s script is perfect. The opening scene alone is at least 20 minutes long and the tension just ramps up throughout it right until the last second. It’s just two guys talking but somehow it’s so engaging through the dialogue and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat, slowly moving forwards until the big payoff at the end. It’s incredible writing. There is a similar scene in a bar later. You know what is coming, but somehow Tarantino drags it out to force tension and great conversations into the film and it all works so so well.
This is a really great film. It all works so well. From long scenes of tension to the occasional joke here and there, it all works perfectly. The cast are amazing, the writing is next level and the whole thing just goes to highlight how good Quentin Tarantino really is at crafting a great story.
JACK’S SCORE: 5/5