Review by Lucia Santiago Dantes
Django Unchained is one of those movies that should be taken to teach new generations the importance of a very well written script. As every Tarantino movie, EVERY single sequence is a small story on its own (after all it’s his style and trademark). The story of an enslaved man named Django (Jamie Foxx) in the wild western who’s rescued and freed by a former dentist now bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and sets on a quest to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a cruel plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film I must say, it is all that’s been rumored and more (but it a good way).
The first time I saw Django, I thought it was a little bit too much of the “N” word, to my surprise there’s people who even counted the times the “N-word ” is onscreen: 110 times. I agreed with a lot of the criticism out there to a certain level but you have to be able to put it in context of the cinematic world and not to force it into the real life world as some people do, including here Director Spike Lee who recently trashed the film twitting “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western” and went further ahead later on boycotting the flick saying “It’d be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That’s the only thing I’m going to say”. I’d hate to ask but how does he knows so much of Django if he’s “never” seen the film? I mean it’s hard to criticize a film without watching it first. Second point Tarantino is not changing the American History and writing it on stone. Third of all, as I said before people should know the difference between a movie and the real world specially writer/directors. Last thing in real life it was way worse than this film and probably even darker. With all the controversy people tend to forget that there’s payback, redemption and we see Django since the first sequence overcoming slavery and becoming a hero.
The following uproar comes from audiences who has issues not with racism but with violence on film and video games. I mean I’ve seen worse and more violent films than Django and seen less people trashing those movies plus hitting the mainstream! The more I see these kind of reactions, the more I wish to go back to the 90s when Tarantino was cool and wasn’t that criticized about his creative work. He was just another great emerging Director and let me add here another great thing I like about Tarantino’s scriptwriting style and is the way he creates great memorable characters like Mr Pink, Mr White from Reservoir Dogs… Vincent Vega, Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, The Bride and O-Ren Ishii from Kill Bill… just to mention a few characters… and I’m pretty sure there’s a touch of Tarantino’s brewing on Mickey and Mallory Knox from “Natural Born Killers” as he was the author of original script later revised by Oliver Stone and Richard Rutowski.
Last but no least, there’s a new set of Django Unchained set of 6 figurines sold in Amazon (don’t bother trying to buy it, they’re already removed) and again a lot of criticism arose.
The truth: Even with all these tsunami of controversy, Django Unchained is one of the best (if not THE BEST) movie to watch and closing 2012 as its original release was Dec 25 (Christmas day) 2012.
As I said before it is a great script, great sequence after sequence, awesome characters and I must add Christoph Waltz gave us an awesome performance. As well as the extraordinary performances of Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington.
I mean if all that controversy doesn’t awake your curiosity at least watch it for the pleasure to watch a great film and Kudos for Tarantino on making a dream come true as he had the idea of making a film like this for years.
If you want to read a good article about the racial issues in the movie put them in the context read this linked article.
Watch the Django Unchained trailer