200px-Inglourious_Basterds_posterBefore any review of this movie can start, it must be said the performances of Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, and many others are Oscar-worthy. It must also be said that scene-for-scene, this film has as many perfect moments as any film you can remember. Finally, it must be said that what you’re shown in the preview has little to do with what’s actually on the screen. That is, the implied story is about Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) being a nuisance, pissing off Hitler himself, all in the name of probably Taratino-esque blood hijinks, has not so much to do with what’s going on. The part of the story dedicated to Raine is actually much more of a “wrapper” around the main story, and Pitt’s role is fairly minimal.

It’s not possible to share details of the story without giving away not only the story’s twists, but also its many true surprises. It’s been said that the first half hour and the last half hour are action-packed and exciting, and the middle is all talk. This is true. But because the acting and scenes are so perfectly crafted, you’ll hopefully get caught up in the tensions of the moment.

If you’re expecting to see a fun WWII story, a new “Kelly’s Heroes” or a “Saving Private Ryan” without the awkward moral pontificating, this is probably not the movie for you. If you’re such a fan of Tarantino you froth at the idea of seeing anything he puts on film, you’ll find new heights of ecstasy. If you’re a fan of David Lynch, where the scenes are better than the movie as a whole, you’ll definitely enjoy “Inglourious Basterds.” If what you want doesn’t fit within this fairly narrow field, wait for the movie on DVD and watch at your own pace. You’ll still find it rewarding.