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Life, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance.
A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from the brutal Calvin Candie, a Mississippi plantation owner.
"Gentlemen, you had my curiousity. But now, you have my attention."
Quentin Tarantino has had my attention since the very first time I saw Pulp Fiction. It was the first film I ever saw where one of the first words that came to mind was masterpiece! It was my first Tarantino, I've seen everything he's directed since and I've been impressed every damn time. In my opinion he simply doesn't make bad films.
So with everything I said in the above paragraph in mind, I went into Django Unchained with very high expectations.
HOLY SHIT! Tarantino not only meets my high expectations of him but he far exceeds them. Simply put he has created another masterpiece that will…
It was only a matter of time before Tarantino tackled the Western directly. His career from the very beginning has openly referenced the genre and the great directors that made their name in it. What surprised me most about Django Unchained, his latest epic revenge fantasy, is that whilst it quite clearly references the likes of Leone, Corbucci and Sollima, as well as obscure and forgotten blaxploitation flicks, it is rarely a slave (if you pardon the pun) to the films it doffs its stetson too. Unlike Kill Bill which was essentially a finely tuned mixtape of homages and pastiches, here the references are background details and in that way this might be Tarantino’s most confident work in over a…
It's not you, Django, it's me. At least I think it is.
First off, I do not like Westerns. At all. I had my hopes pinned on Mr. Tarantino to save the genre for me, but I'm afraid he didn't. Second, I love Tarantino. I have seen all his films and while not all his films are masterpieces, there are some true gems there. I also have no problems with the 'Tarantino universe' and his self-referential, homage/collage style. It works for me. And the ironic thing is that it is exactly that that seems to be this film's biggest flaw. More on that later, first the good bits.
The acting is absolutely superb. The main trio of performances, with the…
You know how I only normally do one quote at the beginning of my reviews? Well, just to emphasise the genius of the dialogue, here’s four of the best lines from the four leads:
“Jesus Christ, Stephen, what is the point of having a n***er that speak German, if ya can’t wheel ‘em out when you have a German guest?!” – Calvin Candie
“Django! You uppity son of a-” - Stephen
“Our mutual friend has a flair for the dramatic.” - Dr King Schultz
“D’Artagnan, motherf**ker!” - Django Freeman
Well…where to start? I don’t really know. I know for sure that its Tarantino’s 4th best film to date, but that doesn’t really tell me how much I love it. It…
Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino's filmography reads like a symphony of revenge, blood, sam jackson and laughs. His latest entry, also a two word title, is Django Unchained. And it may be his best movie yet.
Revenge has really taken a hold of QT's writing as of late. He seems to really get inspiration from these characters that are hell bent on hell sending. If you thought the protagonist in Kill Bill was a bad ass, revenge seeking mother fucker, well wait till you see Django. Jamie Foxx is a volatile, whipped, ripped bad ass that I don't think anyone will soon forget. His play on the classic character archetype of very little…
Django Unchained was facing an uphill battle with me considering it was following Inglourious Basterds, a film that was not only a return to form for Quentin Tarantino after missing the mark with Kill Bill Vol.2 and Death Proof, but one that saw him very successfully expanding on his style.
Django is a good bit of fun, filled with everything we've grown to expect from Tarantino: colorful characters, brutal violence, great dialogue, brutal violence, salty humor, and brutal violence. But more often than not this all felt too comfortable for me, and too familiar. The dinner scene at Candie Land was a wonderful exercise in tension, almost as good as the bar scene in Inglourious Basterds. And the shootout reminded…
I think 'Django Unchained' probably ranks as one of the incomparable Quentin Tarantino's weakest offerings to date, which isn't much of a criticism.
While it packs all of the style and wit we've come to expect from the auteur, it meanders, lacks a strong protagonist (Waltz is allowed to carry too much of the film) and spends too little time establishing either DiCaprio or Jackson as viable antagonists to make the ending satisfying. It also features Tarantino's trademark cartoonish-yet-shocking violence, but veers between seeing a defenseless man torn apart by dogs, to Django doing a little dance at the site of a massacre. How we're supposed to feel about the violence here is unclear, confusing, and ultimately diminishes the overall cinematic value of the film.
An entertaining watch, with some fantastic comic beats, and cutting dialogue, but one might almost find more reward in the '66 original. Extra points for using the theme, points deducted for a lack of coffin.
Goddamn this movie is funny. As a comedy, this ranks about as high as BLAZING SADDLES, but it wasn't until next year's 12 YEARS A SLAVE that the atrocity of slavery was so bluntly portrayed.
Still the bomb.
Just as good the second time as the first!
I Like 2012's Django Unchained.
Tarantino is becoming a genre unto himself. You either love him or could care less. If you are a fan, this film will strengthen your fandom. A little long in the unraveling, but the payoff comes in typical Tarantinoesque way. I am not a fan of the fake blood splatter, but I appreciate film and Tarantino has certainly carved himself a niche.
[A bit more about Tarantino blood...it was somewhat realistic in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, but since Kill Bill...it's like, hey Quentin, I get it, it is one of your signatures, okay, but your films are all pretty good and certainly cool, but none is cooler than Pulp Fiction. Pulp is a Tarantino 5, Dogs is a 4--most…
In Django Unchained, Tarantino struggles to mould his cultural pastiches into a cohesive whole. Unlike the seamless collage of homage and genre in Tarantino's earlier films, his revisionist history lesson is undone by an overarching lack of consistency. Its loose editing, while hip, is ultimately confounding, with such scenes as Tarantino's cameo and the KKK-esque comedic skit seeming thoroughly misplaced.
Yet like always, Tarantino offers glimpses of structuralist genius. Ergo, Django Unchained is best watched in segments. Individually, there are some absolutely brilliant sequences - intricately written, supremely performed and gorgeously photographed. However, the film plays more like a series of very good short films, rather than a coherent work of greatness.
That was freaking awesome and reminds me why I love Tarantino so much! He's such the master at sampling bits and pieces of different genres to create something derivative yet wholly unique. I knew to expect the obvious influence of Sergio Leone, but it also had badass action and villains that seemed to fall straight out of a 70's blaxploitation film. I had forgotten that right after Reservoir Dogs was released I saw Tarantino give the introduction to a double feature of Blacula and The Thing With Two Heads at the Nuart.
I'm not sure how I feel about the casting of Samuel Jackson and almost wish it was a less noticeable actor. He has such a distinctive voice that…
Magistrale. Christoph Waltz dimostra ancora una volta di essere un attore fuori dal comune.
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