Django Unchained...... Jul 4, 2013 16:14:34 GMT -5
Post by Porscheguy on Jul 4, 2013 16:14:34 GMT -5
Finally got around to watching this movie and I'm not sure what my final take is. It's a spin on the old spaghetti westerns with a healthy dose of slavery and way over the top gratuitous violence. It's about a freed slave Django (Jamie Fox) who partners with a bounty hunter as they travel to Mississippi in an attempt to find and free Django's wife from a sinister cotton plantation owner. The production values, set design, foley work and music score are brillant, but I can't really say that about the story. It has moments and some great acting from Leo DiCaprio and Samuel Jackson but Christoph Waltz steals the show as Dr. Shultz the German bounty hunter. He was mesmerizing. Quite frankly Jamie Fox was a disappointment to me looking wooden and off his stride though most of the movie, quite frankly Denzel would have been perfect in this role.
If you can get past the ridiculous amount of blood shooting out of dozens of actors bodies as they are shot, heads being blown off, watching slaves fight till the death (complete with bone breaking), and even a slave being ripped to shreds by a pack of dogs as a punishment, you might find some redeeming value to this movie. Tarantino's trademark is horrendous violence in most of his pictures, most of which is pointless. This movie could have been so much better if it had a subplots that worked but it didn't, so it doesn't.
For me, one of the more offensive things in this movie is the use of the "N" word. If it was used once or twice or even several times to punctuate the reality of the slavery struggle it would have meant something. I lost count after hearing it 100 times, and it became clear to me that it's only real use was for shock value. It diminishes the profound struggle by African Americans for freedom and turned them into caricatures. You can't have it both ways. You can't hide behind history when you spin it for entertainment.
While unrelated, it's notable that Food Network icon Paula Deen's entire empire has been taken down because she uttered that same word some 20 years ago. Funny how the Hollywood elite get a pass for doing it in the name of "entertainment".
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