MOVIE: Django Unchained (2012)

djangoEvery time I watch a Quentin Tarantino film, I have the same exact thought:  Quentin Tarantino is a fascinating man.  And this is a fascinating movie.  Which is not to say it’s perfect — it’s actually flawed in more ways than one, in my humble opinion (not the least of which is that it’s 20 minutes too long).  But I keep thinking any film now, I’m going to burn out on Tarantino’s “thing” — and it’s simply not happening.  Every movie he makes intrigues me a little bit more, and this one is no exception.  The camerawork, the music (oh, the music!), the dialogue, the characters.  He’s definitely the master of creating intriguing people, even while he’s putting them into less-than-intriguing stories (not always, of course, but the story in Django Unchained is definitely one of it’s weaknesses).

And the best part?  Throughout the whole film I was thinking of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly — another over-the-top Western that crosses paths with slavery and the Civil War.  And then at the end of Django!  A delightful tip of the hat to GBU, and one only diehard fans will catch, I think.  Hard not to appreciate that.  At least, if you’re a big goofy spaghetti Western fan like me (incidentally, other big goofy spaghetti Western fans will also see parallels with the 1966 uber-violent Franco Nero film Django, for more reasons than just the obvious one).

The minute I was done watching this movie, I wanted to start it over and watch it again — a response I’m finding Tarantino movies almost always pull out of me.  Definitely recommended, though, as is usually the case (always the case?) with QT films, it’s not for the faint of heart.

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Genre:  Western
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, Don Johnson


4 Responses to “MOVIE: Django Unchained (2012)”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This is Liz – I’ve been very curious about this movie – but also a little scared of it. I’m not a big QT (oh, how cute!) fan, but I did think “Inglorious Basterds” was good. Hard to follow, though, especially because you HAVE to know what the subtitles are saying, to compare them with the dialogue! Come to think of it, how bad could the violence in this film be, compared to the nightmare of trying to follow subtitles? Also, is it all out of order, like “Pulp Fiction” was, or hard to understand in other ways? Also, did QT write or direct “From Dusk Till Dawn” (VERY good), or just act in that one?

  2. megwood Says:

    Straight narrative in this one, though there are some flashbacks as Django tells the Doctor stories about his wife. There are also some subtitles, but not many (a scene in which the Doctor talks to Django’s wife in German, for example). Pulp Fiction‘s narrative structure was the most brilliant part about that one, though, if you ask me. Very literary, really. So great! This one is more straightforward, but if you’re a Western fan, it’s a don’t-miss.

  3. Dark Souls 2 Trailers Says:

    I don’t think Django was that good, it had some pretty good scene in it. But overall I didn’t like the movie. It was just really hyped because of it’s racial controversy.

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