Without wanting to keep him in a box he has no obligation to maintain, Eggers’ weakest period detail to date. Can probably (EDIT: can definitely) assign some of that to studio meddling since the cut so clearly prefers action to place and tone, desperate to find someone doing or saying something, but he also seems to have thrived on the limitations of his first two features, both in budget and premise. Cannot abide assertions that this is beautifully shot, strictly at its…
It’d be easy to say I know what y’all are talking about when you call this technically mediocre and politically disgusting and leave it at that.
Fact is, I don’t. The transmutability of story, both forward in the Brunhilde tale’s resonance in a new time and place and backward through the revisionism that positions Django to receive it, not simply as romantic fairytale but as necessary liberation. “I know how he feel.” And not as the self-conscious leader of a…
“Our job as The Black Panther Party is to heighten the contradictions.” // “Takes a thief to catch a thief.”
Ably teases several such contradictions—that there’s no bigger gang than law enforcement and the intelligence community; that these institutions will take your lukewarm “violence doesn’t solve anything” bullshit to the bank all day in maintenance of their monopoly; revolution as oriented toward securing life yet fraught with the threat of death; the seeming injustice that justice itself demands so damn…