Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Imdb synopsis:
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. 

Django is a fun movie. It's not very deep, it's not very complicated, but the writing is smart, the guns are blazin' and the story has never been told like this. 

I like to rate my QT movies as to whether or not my mom could watch it, since she has a really hard time with gratuitous gore. This movie isn't for the faint of heart- we're talking fountains and explosions of gore. But somehow, this is exactly what makes the movie funny. It's this commitment to extremism that helps you slide into the movie world even if the way is slick with tinted corn syrup. 

Mr. E read the screenplay for Django a few years ago, so we were looking forward to seeing the adaptation. There is a lot of change that can happen between a screenplay and a movie, especially with a director who wrote the script. Often times the director skimps on explanation or stage directions because they can already visualize how they want it to look. It also makes it hard for anyone else to copy. Think of it as a family recipe: you wouldn't want everyone else to be able to make your world-famous cookies, now would you? Also there are changes day to day as the actors get used to their characters, and even later on as the editor, producers or even a test audience gets a hold of the movie.

I don't think Mr. E had very high hopes for Django, especially coming on the heels of Inglorius Basterds, but we enjoyed ourselves without it being a specifically "comedic" movie. I was a little disappointed that Django's wife, Brunhilda, wasn't fleshed out more. I never felt particularly close to her as a character and I had a hard time believing her rebellious nature. Dr. Schulz, however, was phenomenal. 

One of the things I love the most about Tarantino movies is his way with words. A lot of the scenes are very dialogue driven, but the dialogue is so colorful and distinct that you find yourself still interested despite the fact that nothing is happening. Overall Django is worth it just to say you watched it. But the blood is gratuitous the language is foul and Quentin's cameo Australian accent is absolutely atrocious.

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