Thursday, February 14, 2013

Django Unchained - The Re(al) - view

Only Quentin Tarantino has the guts to take on a very sensitive film like Django!

Calvin Candie: White cake?
Dr. King Schultz: I don't go in for sweets, thank you.
Calvin Candie: Are you brooding 'bout me getting the best of ya, huh?
Dr. King Schultz: Actually, I was thinking of that poor devil you fed to the dogs today, D'Artagnan. And I was wondering what Dumas would make of all this.
Calvin Candie: Come again?
Dr. King Schultz: Alexander Dumas. He wrote "The Three Musketeers." I figured you must be an admirer. You named your slave after his novel's lead character. If Alexander Dumas had been there today, I wonder what he would have made of it?
Calvin Candie: You doubt he'd approve?
Dr. King Schultz: Yes. His approval would be a dubious proposition at best.
Calvin Candie: Soft hearted Frenchy?
Dr. King Schultz: Alexander Dumas is black.
While I've not received so much grief for not watching a film on-time in a long time, my movie buddies (Sam. & Bass) nearly bit my head off for not watching it on-time; and when I finally got to see it, I have to say it was everything I expected, and not a smidgen more!

Quentin Tarantino in 2009 took on the Nazi with his masterpiece 'Inglourious Basterds', and decided to top it off with slavery in America's deep south at it's height in 1858, mixing it with some good 'ol western gun slinging. Well it came out looking stylish and in a Tarantino fashion - Bloody! But it is not a Masterpiece.

The reason behind this is Django's failure to keep up with its set tune through out the film; and the fault lies in the story. The plot is about a liberated slave that joins forces with an European  bounty hunter, in the process becoming one, goes on a quest to rescue his lost love from the hands of brutal slave owner (or shall I say his brutal 'house slave' - aka slave butler.) Things go according to plan till they don't, and some good ol' gunfight ensues, which ends with a really theatrical explosion. Problem is DiCaprio's Calvin Candie felt watered down (not bad enough), something critics all over sort of missed, the real villain in Django Unchained is Stephen the house slave (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson). That dude was plain irritating!

While everyone praised Christoph Waltz, his character Dr. King Schultz (a German bounty hunter) was too similar to the smooth talking Jew-hunter, Colonel Hans Lander in Basterds, although his beard was really awesome! And it felt a little too old as the film progressed; meanwhile his on-screen counterpart, Jamie Foxx (Django), was overshadowed by his (Waltz) awesomeness and Tarantino had to kill him off to 'reveal' Django.

The screenplay for this film is quite hilarious and brilliant, with amazing dialouge, a quality that is synonymous with Tarantino; my favourite example is the hilarious scene that seemed to depict the birth of the KKK.

Bag Head #2: Did anyone bring an extra bag? I ripped mine...
Unnamed Baghead: No, nobody brought an extra bag!
Bag Head #2: I'm just asking...
Django is a two part film, one part is dominated by Christoph Waltz and the other by Jamie Foxx, both actors delivering quite brilliantly (and full of wittiness). The soundtrack for the film in some parts was good, but hearing hip hop was kind of a turn off.

In all, Django Unchained is fine film, not great, but a lovely piece of entertainment.

Opened: December 25, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 45 min. Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama Rated: 18