03:42 PM on 01/25/13
Jono Goes To The Movies - "Django Unchained"Mr. Tarantino set the bar incredibly high for himself when Inglorious Basterds hit theaters in 2009. Hollywood treaded water for a few years with lame remakes and 3D versions of lackluster films until Quentin felt it was time to make a comeback. With Django Unchained, the message was clear: revenge is awesome. In short, it's the story of a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) being freed by a generous German fellow who quickly took him under his wing as a bounty hunter and leads to great cinema.
In typical Tarantino fashion, you instantly pick a side whether or not you agree with all of the actions of said "hero". Unlike Inglorious Basterds, this film was less dialogue and more action. The painful dynamic of silence into a bloodbath was replaced with some pretty disturbing imagery (the wrestling and dog scenes) and shocking reminder of how things were in the past. The violence is there as it always is, but the constant use of the "n word" was something a lot of people couldn't stomach. I had some friends tell me how uncomfortable some people watching it, but when I watched all of it was redeemed whenever a slave owner was shot to death and the whole theater would erupt in a cheer. Man, we're savages, but sometimes it's good to get that out of our system. I wanted to cheer whenever Leonardo DiCaprio would come onto the screen because his facial hair is so funny (I mean, this coming from a guy who looks like he glues his awkward shoulder hair to his face to make a makeshift beard. I didn't just admit I have shoulder hair...). He's a serious actor, but he still looks like a little kid wearing an adult costume all the time.
All in all, I really enjoyed watching Django Unchained. It was entertaining and kept me captivated. As a usually dialogue driven person, I didn't find it as strong as Quentin Tarantino's other work, but it got the job done. Jamie Foxx did a great job, but as expected, Christoph Waltz stole the show. Also, wait for Quentin's part. I think he just really wanted to play it and everyone had to agree because, well, it's his movie. Also I'll leave you with the thought that I considered abbreviating his name instead of spelling it out the whole time, but then I'd be saying QT every ten words... and everyone knows that name was already claimed by the smallest member of the 90s boy band, 2gether. This ending just got me a job with Rolling Stone.