Basterds is the best QT movie since Pulp Fiction, barring perhaps Hollywood, which I need to rewatch. Besides that, it's QT's most mature work, with actual suspense and consequences (opening scene, Landa interrogating Shosanna). Co. Hans Landa QT's most multi-dimensional character (and a far better villain than Bill), you have every reason to root agaist him but he does evil so brilliantly, you can't.It has good moments but that's the frustrating thing with Tarantino films, he's proven with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown he can make excellent films but after Jackie Brown it feels like they're out of control and too indulgent. Sometimes I feel like somebody needs to sit and go through the script with him and say "does this scene need to be this long" or " does this scene even need to be in it" sometimes it's as if he's put stuff in there because he thinks it's cool or like he's leaving little Easter Eggs for film buffs to spot or just lines for dickheads to quote.
The thing I love about Reservoir Dogs for instance is how simple it is and it's to the point, someone should have a word in his ear and say "Quentin, not every film needs to be 2 1/2 to 3 hours long you know" It's like I really like moments of The Hateful Eight but I reckon he could have made it better as a 2 hour film, same with Django, I was really enjoying it and then it's like it's hit a wall and then he's rushed the ending so I don't end up loving it as much as I would have done.
Great scene with the brave German & Bear Jew, the underground game, the movie opening, Fr. Zoller trying to pick up a girl, Hugo Stieglitz, Landa vs. Raines etc... and some top-notch violence with a surprise and perversely fun ending. I had so much fun in the theater. It's also the borrowed QT title (I am aware of Inglorius Bastards, tho that's very different), and QT actually makes a point for a change by replacing faceless Hollywood nazis by brilliant, brave, multi-lingual and sophisticated ppl... and that makes them being mass murderers an even bigger head case - how could ppl. with such a background become the biggest real-world villains?
Compare that to QT's N-itch scratching that is the shameful Django where he turns just about every white men is South scum by birthright, and you see how much more effort he put into actually writing a script for Basterds... Great movie.