Django Unchained Review
So, we all know there has been a lot of hype surrounding the latest film “Django Unchained.” Usually when a movie is that promoted I ignore the chatter and go see it for myself; with that said I went into the film pretty blindly.
Thirty minutes into the movie I realized I completely misinterpreted the trailer. I was expecting a heartfelt story outlining slavery, with a pinch of comedic relief because of Jamie Foxx’s presence but what I got was well, a Quentin Tarantino movie. I wasn’t too familiar with his work before this movie (as in I have not seen Inglorious Basterds) but I did some reading on him and the film slowly made sense.
Quentin Jerome Tarantino has a history of creating films with a hint of French and western influences. He is known to listen to music for hours and correlate scenes that would fit the message in the song. He uses some of the same actors in his films such as Bruce Willis, Zoe Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson (who has been in 5 of Tatantino’s films). Other memorable films by the one and only Tatantino are “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill,” “Inglorious Basterds” and “Grindhouse.”
I know what you’re thinking now “Did I like the movie or not?!” But the truth is, I haven’t figured that out yet. It just wasn’t what I expected. That’s usually a good thing but in this case, I’m not so sure.
Did I like the acting? Yes, most of it. The amazing Kerry Washington did a great job. She did not have as much camera time as I had hoped but in every scene she was in she left an impression. Jamie Foxx was a hoot and honestly played the role right up to par. Chrisoph Waltz was absolutely perfect and Samuel L. Jackson pretty much played himself lol. But I do think Leonardo Dicaprio over did it a little bit. His acting was a little too cheesy than I could handle.
Now did I like the story line? Um… this is where it gets tricky. For one the movie was WAY too long (I got there at 9pm and left at midnight). There were a few scenes I thought could have easily been deleted and then there were other scenes that made me think the movie was turning into a parody or something (and not in a good way).
From what I hear, people were concerned that some parts of the movie might be offensive because of the comedic and unrealistic portrayal of slavery but I am not sure if offensive is the right word. Maybe inappropriate? Some scenes were definitely inappropriate to illustrate such a touchy subject. (Actually in 1995, Denzel Washington confronted Tarantino on his usage of racial slurs in his pictures).
I think for me, if I would have known it was going to be as comedic and impractical in some scenes as it was, I would have went into the movie completely differently, but because I was expecting a certain type of film, I was thrown off.
Overall, I give the movie a 7. I can tell each of the actors did a good job of really embodying Quietins idea for the movie, I’m just not so sure I embodied it from my theater seat.
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