A great translation. It's like Tarantino lifts time periods and plunks them in ours. What's most noticeable is that, while being technically proficient, he's so irreverent. He's like a jazz artist. I like the dialogue, and the plot is great, it zips along for a nearly 3 hour film. Also, the casting is incredible. Everyone nails it.
There is something unpleasant about this film. Dealing with such sensitive material as the slave trade, when Quentin should be attempting genuine pathos he instead defaults to stylized violence and genre pastiche. It feels like he is incapable of little else and the proceedings frequently lapsing into parody. A talented cast and the occasional well-written line is not enough to raise this above mediocre.
This won’t necessarily win Tarantino any new fans, but then again, there are some moments here that just might. The narrative is more linear and straightforward than any of his previous movies and it is, arguably, full of more moments of pure satisfaction than any of his previous outings. In other words, this is up there with his very best.
It’s been five years since I last saw Django Unchained, and if I’m to say that I thought it was overrated then, I hold to that opinion. Not that I meant to slight Tarantino fanatics – we all have our preferences after all, and Tarantino sits comfortably among the best – but this film is simply too goddamn long. Less indulgence, more momentum, and this could’ve been perfect. But who am I to judge?
Touches upon important subject matter but I wonder if it could have more nuance or finesse. Certainly no 12 Years A Slave, but very entertaining and enjoyable. The female characters lack depth, but as a take on a western that attempts to address dark realities of history, I’d recommend it.
"It's me baby." Sexiest movie ever, and yes, Alexandre Dumas is black. My favourite death is : "Bye Miss Laura". Tarantino is a reason for living. Every actor in this, is perfectly embodied. The stillness and strength of Kerry Washington with storytelling eyes. A salute to the excellence of the horses too. "Who was that nigger?" - I love you Django. FREEDOM.
For all its absurdity and over the top performances, there lies a film that is charming and sublimely entertaining. Tarantino juggles humorous scenarios one minute, then amps the tension to feel powerfully affecting and emotional the next. Not many directors achieve this, and even Tarantino struggles at times, but because of his previous efforts he has earned the right to experiment, but the tooth on top the wagon?
Too much gore for me, as usual, and I *hope* he didn't steal the core idea from someone else. That said, there are some electrifying performances here and the dialogue, editing, cinematography and so on are excellent. I just never bought the supposed 'comedy-violence'thing. Violence is violence. Tarantino reads like an over-grown and desperate frat-boy at the best of times. Never got why people worship him so much.
As much as it deals with such a dense theme, the way it portrays slavery always felt emotionless, taking the matter to a secondary place. Even if it was a conscious decision (as were the historical and demographic inadequacies), it was insipid. Perhaps a case of style over substance.
If you're gonna make a career out of rehashing a practiced mix of gleeful immaturity, unapologetic pop-cultural appropriation, hyper-stylized violence, and a not-entirely-convincing (ie suburban) bad-boy swagger, you could do it with a lot less charm than Tarantino. Well short of glorious, but fun, clever-enough, satisfying revenge pulp and cinematic tribute. Pretty ok!