Monday, January 21, 2013

Django Unchained

  Hot damn. Quentin Tarantino has done it again. He's crafted a popcorn movie that sizzles with passion and raw entertainment, but this time also has some emotional heft to it. People hate slavery, and they love heroes with a cause, and what better than to have a black hero freed from slavery to get back at his oppressors and save his wife from a cruel plantation owner? Now that... is a movie.

  I've been looking forward to Django Unchained on principle alone since it was announced. A Tarantino western? Hell yes. And even with sky high expectations, I was NOT disappointed. The movie has a special energy to it. It's electrifying, and fundamentally entertaining. Also before I get any further into the review, I want to address the use of the word "nigger". Well, mainly I want to address people bitching about it. Okay, grow up. Seriously. It's the racist south. In slavery days. What did you expect them to call black people? African Americans? Right... cause that's totally plausible. And, bitching about the violence? It's a QT movie. Seriously. Anyways...

  'Satisfying' is the word I'm looking for. Django is a satisfying movie. It's a big action packed western with a good solid hero and he has incredible on screen presence. You instantly root for this guy. For a hero to be so instantly endeared to the audience is rare. Foxx doesn't betray this either. His performance is spot on. He provides a sympathetic character who can dole out fantastic lines and kick all kinds of ass.  His bounty hunting partner, played by Christophe Waltz is awesome as always. I think it's impossible not to like this guy. In any movie. Hero or villain. He provides many a laugh in the movie. But it's well done. Did you expect anything less from QT? The movie definitely has it's fair share of laugh out loud humor, and it's well placed. In a pretty bloody movie, dealing with such a grim subject, humor is definitely needed, and delivered.

  So, pretty much Django is a superhero. But not in the flashy boots, mask, and cape sense. In the sense that he's an unstoppable force in this movie. He blazes through the flick, wasting bad guys, escaping from tight spots, getting into massively bloody shootouts and basically being amazing. Instead of being silly, it's just super damn fun to watch. With a sizzling soundtrack, and trademark QT dialog (which isn't his best, but still really damn good. Not great. But really damn good.) Django Unchained is a must see. Some may not be able to stomach it, but I'm not going to withhold my full on recommendation on account of the bluntness of the movie. Both in violence and reality.

  These are just first thoughts. I may have more to say about it when it's not 7:30 in the morning. Yikes. Oh. And the original Django, Franco Nero, has a cameo. Sweet. I'm so proud that I caught it. Now I want to go watch the very original flick. I think I might just do that. Tomorrow of course. Or... later? Whatever. Great movie. All around. See it.

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