Django Unchained is one of Tarantino’s Best!

Damn!  Django Unchained is awesome.  I will preface this with a clear disclaimer–if you do not care for or do not like Quentin Tarantino‘s body of work–this is NOT the film for you.  It is bloody, ultra violent, truthfully disturbing, and brutally honest about slavery–all the while, being funny and extremely entertaining.

That is Tarantino’s secret–he creates entertainment, while also making you think, feel and respond to his art.  And it is art.  He is a master storyteller and is getting better with age.  I thought Inglorious Basterds was brilliant and quite possibly his masterpiece, but now I am leaning on giving that title to Django.   Quentin’s style is unique and on full display here–clever, witty dialogue, zoom close-ups, slow motion moves and exaggerated violence (trust me–when he gets truly violent, you know it–it gets quiet and personal).  He also continues in allowing his characters to become bigger than life–never quite caricatures but they are all LARGE.  And Django is that–a new iconic figure.  He also makes the pre-civil war age come to life.  The imagery is vivid.  You can almost taste the dust and feel the bitter cold–very nice.

Jaime Foxx is Django.  Perfect, in every way.  A defining role, for sure.  He carries Django with pride and bravado, but also as a man who knows fear and loss.  Christoph Waltz has given me one of my favorite characters on-screen!  This reminds me how incredible he is as actor–as much as I hated Col. Hans Landa, I loved Dr. King Schultz! Loved everything about his performance–subtle and nuanced.  Of course, Samuel L. Jackson delivers and again, creates a memorable character.  Then there is Leonardo DiCaprio–why did it take so long for him to work with Tarantino?  Because…wow!  Leo is truly despicable–a horrible human being–and he sells it!  Brilliant.

That leaves the story.  Tarantino has created an homage (or as he would say, “he stole it”) to spaghetti westerns and black exploitation films.  Mixing them up to together into a new genre on its own.  The soundtrack is full of modern music and the style is unique, it is hard to define–except as AWESOME! 😀   Yet, I have to praise Tarantino’s bravery when addressing slavery.  It may be getting some negative comments due to his extensive use of a certain ugly “n” word–yet, it was the truth of that time.  I have not seen such an honest depiction in years.  It makes you uncomfortable and sick–as it should!  And then it plays out a fantastic revenge scenario that you only wish, was what could have happened.  So, kudos Quentin.  Clever way to truthfully use a time of our history (ugly as it was) as the background and motivation of an original American hero–Django.  Thanks.

So, I am going to call it–This MAY be Tarantino’s Masterpiece–may be, because who knows what he will do next!  But, I am pretty sure it’s going to be good.

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Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

7 thoughts on “Django Unchained is one of Tarantino’s Best!

  1. A fun, wild ride like only Quentin can provide. Funny, heartbreaking, bloody and profane, I left the theater with a new respect for Don Johnson. You heard me. Good review.

    • LOL! Hey–he was great! Johnson was awesome for the first few years of Miami Vice–then he kind of faded away. Nice to see him back. So respect away… 😀

      Yes–Quentin seems to get better and better. Can’t wait what he does next!

      Thanks for chiming in!

  2. Interesting to hear you proclaim this as possibly Tarantino’s masterpiece. I’ve heard from several that it is a good movie, but less than some of his previous. Do you think it stacks up against Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Inglourious? That’d be a fun poll.

    Christoph Waltz was my favorite! Nice review.

    • Yes! I think it does stack up–I actually think that Inglorious and Django represent a mature Tarantino. His early work does not have the same…patience? (Not sure if that’s the right word).

      I fell like all his earlier work were the warm up for this more stylized, narrative style. Before there was violence, almost for violence sake (not a bad thing :))–and now there is a method and reason for the violence. Does that make sense?

      And yes! Dr. King Schultz is a memorable character, indeed–loved him!


  3. Great review! I saw the trailer and thought this film looked great, and then promptly forgot about it. You’ve now skyrocketed it back up to the top of my must see list. I’m really intrigued to see a more mature Tarantino, especially working with De Caprio.

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