Just caught this one tonight with my dad and nephew. Here's my review.
If you haven't gathered the basic synopsis, it's Tarantino does the History Channel. The story of the fictitious fall of the Third Reich by a group of Jewish-American soldiers lead by Brad Pitt (the titular Basterds), a French-Jewish woman who owns a cinema, a British agent and some German traitors.
I have to be honest, seeing all but two of Tarantino's movies before this, I started to see his touches through the film. The newest thing was Samuel L. Jackson giving us some narration to keep us informed on some very obscure trivia that pops up in the film.
The best parts of the film are the Basterds, by far. If you're reading this after hearing or watching the Spill review, you'll know that they are only in about half the film. The rest is about the cinema owner and a young German hero vying for her affection, the "Jew Hunter," and the plot to bring down the Third Reich. The best of the Basterds, our good friend Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), who takes all our attention when he's on screen. As for Eli Roth, he was good, but he does better behind the camera than in front of it.
The rest of the cast and crew were great, especially the guest appearance of Mike Myers. The one thing I especially enjoyed about this movie was the authenticity. Whereas other WWII era films tend to keep things in English (as we've seen with Valkyrie and Defiance), Tarantino makes sure to have the actors speaking the languages of the area, with actual German and French actors and actresses providing these roles.
As for our buddies heading the Reich, the comic portrayal of Hitler and his cronies was to be expected. We've been poking fun at the greatest public speaker of all time (which is true, and if you don't believe me, Google it) comically since the times Looney Tunes were in the theaters. Though it isn't anything new, Tarantino continues the tradition of poking fun at the one of history's greatest villains, right after Joel Schumacher and Joe Quesada.
So, Tarantino had his fun, and I had some fun, and I'm proud to give this movie a solid