One of the new films opening this weekend is "The Monuments Men," which is about World War II and efforts to find the art stolen by Nazis. Of course, most American movies about World War II focus on pursuing the Nazis themselves. Few films have tackled these efforts more boldly than the 2009 film "Inglourious Basterds."
"Inglourious Basterds" stars Brad Pitt. He plays Aldo Raine, the leader of a group of ferocious American soldiers called the "Basterds." These bold military men are known for hunting and killing Nazis, and using every tool in their disposal to kill their enemies. They are not interested in taking prisoners, they are satisfied only with annihilation. The Basterds learn that Hitler and several high-ranking Nazis will be in attendance at a French movie theatre for the premiere of a German propaganda film. The theatre is owned by the lovely Shosanna Dreyfuss (played by Melanie Laurent), a hardened young Jewish woman whose family was maliciously killed by Nazis years earlier. She is planning her revenge for the premiere.
"Inglourious Basterds" is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Like he does with his other films, Tarantino shows he is great at creating action and suspense. One of the best scenes in the movie is the opening, which is a conversation between two people. One is a farmer, and the other is a Nazi colonel. This scene is very intense because the farmer is trying not to reveal he is hiding Jewish people in his home.
This movie, like other Tarantino films, has a great cast. Brad Pitt is very funny as Aldo Raine, the all-knowing hick leader of the Basterds. Christolph Waltz is excellent as Hans Landa, the self-serving, brutal colonel who is the main villain of the film. This performance won him an Oscar. Melanie Laurent is perfect as Shosanna, who is smart and determined to get her revenge.
"Inglourious Basterds" is one of Quentin Tarantino's best films.