the Box Office Season 2: Ep. 46 review of DJANGO UNCHAINED



Django Unchained


Good. But not great. Django Unchained in a spaghetti western/revenge flick/gripping slavery drama/comedy. Perfect for a Tarentino film, because anywhere else it would just be a total mess. Django is a slave, who has recently been sold for trying to escape with his wife, Broom Hilda. They are sold separately as punishment, but before Django reaches his new plantation, he is freed by the charismatic Dr. King Schultz. King is a dentist/professional bounty hunter, or as he  puts it “I sell corpses for money”. King needs Django in order to identify some men on his list of bounties, and the two form a close friendship and soon a partnership. Django Freeman; Bounty Hunter. Now trained in the art of death, Django decides to find the location of Broom Hilda, and rescue her from the clutches or her vile and abusive master, Calvin Candie. Not a bad story for a revenge flick, and I am even a fan of westerns, not too mention Tarentino, so no one was as surprised as me when I didn’t love it. The first problem with it is WAY to long. 2 hours and 45 minutes to be exact. And while I appreciate a long movie, Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, etc., its just interminable when the story pussy foots around with no where to go. I just watch the minutes roll off the clock waiting for the story to conclude rather that seeing more conflict added. The movie had reached what I would describe as the pinnacle of the plot, and its inevitable conclusion was within grasp. But instead of letting the movie finish up there, Tarentino felt the need to extend the audiences agony just about, oh, 30 minutes more! ANNOYING. Another thing, this movie felt like Quentin Tarentino was trying to make a Tarentino flick. Does that make sense? It was, like, he was parodying himself and his style. I’ve noticed it most recently with director Tim Burton, he is trying to make a movie in the style that made him famous, rather than what he as an experienced director thinks it the right way. Then he made Dark Shadows. Yikes. I just hope Tarentino isn’t falling into this pattern, because not only do I like him a lot more than Burton, but even when he is bad he is still pretty good. As you would expect the dialogue and the characters in this film are just fantastic, and the special stand out performances are Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio, as Calvin Candie and his house slave Samuel.  These two are terrible people. Evil, clever, vindictive, evil, funny, evil, and crafty son of bitch’s, oh and did I mention evil? Problem is though; I think this is basically Inglorious Basterds, set in the pre civil war south. We identify a group with whom vengeance would not only be right but perfectly acceptable, i.e the slaves/jews, we then see them ready themselves for the kill, and we then kill that one individual that represented all that hatred and malevolence. In Inglorious that was easy because it was Hitler, one man personified all that evil, all that tragedy. It was a little harder for Django because, no one man personified slavery, there isn’t one “head” plantation owner, so that just took one and made him really despicable, and while it worked, it didn’t have quite the same impact as the possibility of killing Hitler did. All in all I think this is an OK movie from Tarentino, but it sure isn’t my favorite.

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