Monday, March 11, 2013

"The D is Silent": Django Unchained

Django Unchained

In an effort to not bore you to tears, I will not speaks most of my introduction discussing my feelings toward Quentin Tarantino. Certainly, the argument can be made that he is both overrated and pretentious, but it must be said that he typically releases entertaining films. Moreover, the trailer looked less than great after several viewings. This played a large role in my waiting to see Django and in spite of my own hubris, I concede that might not have been the most intelligent decision on my part.

Foremost, It must be noted that Tarantino finally took the time to release a film that is overtly an homage to the spaghetti westerns of yore. Of course, an homage does not make a western on the level of Leone's but that is a qualm for another day (and kind of irrelevant to this review). From a technical perspective, Django does not break any new ground and in several instances the technical choices take the viewer out of the film (such as the overuse of squibs and some of the lighting choices).

The strength of Django lays with Tarantino's script, which is one of his better pieces in recent memory. When you remove the ability to reference pop culture at length, Tarantino is able to do more with the story rather then being dialogue centric. All issues with the story are set aside with the performance of Christoph Waltz, one which eventually nabbed him another Oscar.Waltz is by far the best thing about this film and his character is possibly Tarantino's first character that is not a caricature of a human being.

At the end does Django Unchained break any new ground? Probably not. In the end, that really does not matter too much considering it is a step forward from Basterds. Moreover, it was nice to finally get his take on the Western genre after years of asking for a "Leone."

Parting Thoughts:
What was the deal with Tarantino's accent?

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