Django Unchained

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My wife has never seen a Quentin Tarantino movie. This has been in no small part due to a lack of effort on my part. It’s just, she’s heard… “things.” I’ve tried to get her to watch Pulp Fiction.

Her: “Isn’t that movie pretty violent…”
Me: Yeah…
Her: “What else do we have?”

The same conversation has happened when I tried to watch Inglorious Basterds and Reservoir Dogs. And forget the two Kill Bill movies. And it hasn’t happened once. Over the past (almost) 8 years, it’s probably happened 25 times.

Then, this past weekend, we were watching the Golden Globes and she said “…I’d like to see that Django Unchained.” Knowing I’d seen the movie, she started asking me what it was all about. It was then I kind of understood you can’t explain exactly what it is about Tarantino movies that is so enjoyable to someone who’s never seen a Tarantino movie. It’d be like explaining the color blue to someone who is colorblind.

Based on plot, almost all his movies are simple. Reservoir Dogs is about a botched diamond heist. Pulp Fiction has to do with a bunch of minor crooks and a briefcase. Jackie Brown is about drugs and money. Kill Bill is about the bride who wants revenge on Bill who tried to kill her. Inglorious Basterds is a fictional history tale about trying to kill Hitler. Django Unchained is a fictional history story about slaves killing slave owners.

If you’ve seen any of QTs work before, almost nothing in Django Unchained will surprised you. It’s bloody, it’s witty, and it has a very interesting revenge plot. It’s probably more bloody than a lot of his past work, but less witty dialogue than I’ve become accustomed to.

Jamie Foxx as Django gives a performance that is somewhere between the greatest performance ever and just average. He wasn’t lousy and didn’t ruin the film, but it wasn’t the greatest acting job I’ve ever seen either. Christoph Waltz, on the other hand, delivers another fantastic performance as Dr. King Schultz – a bounty hunter who happens to hate slavery. Leonardo DiCaprio is interesting the in role of the villain (Calvin Candie). My favorite performance outside of Christoph Waltz has to be that of Samuel L. Jackson as Samuel, the elderly head slave for Candie.

Overall, it’s an extremely fun movie to watch. I definitely will be picking it up on Blu Ray the minute it comes out and I’m sure will re-watch it again and again. Tarantino may claim he is going to retire at the age of 60 (in 11 years), but he’s showed that over 20 years after the release of Reservoir Dogs, he’s still absolutely on top of his game. This should come as no surprise, but I highly recommend watching this. Even if you are not a fan of violence and the racial epitaphs that abound aplenty in this movie, I can’t see you watching this movie and not enjoy this at least a little bit.

9.0

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  1. Cory #
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    As DJANGO UNCHAINED has settled with me more, I think I’d put it slightly above INGLORIOUS BASTERDS in the QT catalogue (for me). The 165 minutes flew by with a range of emotions: interest, horror, laughter.

    I’d probably go: Pulp, Reservoir (mostly on it being his first… seeing his creativity and quirkiness for the first time), Django, Inglorious, Kill Bills, Jackie Brown… then anything else he was involved with.

    More importantly, did you get Sara to watch it??

    • brentnet #
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      I really, really enjoyed Django Unchained. I think my order would go Pulp, Inglorious, Resevoir, Django, Kill Bills, Jackie Brown with a shout out to his half of Grindhouse (whatever it was called… I can’t remember right now) which is way better than people give it credit for. In fact, there are a lot of directors out there who’ve never made a movie nearly as good as Jackie Brown.

      She hasn’t watched it yet. She was interested (which blew me away) but we’ll see if it ever happens.


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