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Django Unchained “The D’s silent, white boy!”

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Django Unchained “The D’s silent, white boy!”
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Because, Django Chained is a movie you don’t want to see, unless you’re into that kind of thing.

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Stars: Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

I’d just like to start by saying I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and have been since my mother made me stop watching Pulp Fiction after twenty minutes when I was ten years old. Of course I snuck downstairs later that night and finished the VHS copy from our local movie rental store. Ever since then I have obsessively watched anything with Tarantino’s name on it. From True Romance and Reservoir Dogs, to Inglourious Basterds and now, Django Unchained.

That being said, Django Unchained is no exception, so I’m going to get my three complaints out of the way right and then focus on why you should watch this movie.

#1. The Soundtrack: First off I’m not a big fan of modern music in period films. It just doesn’t feel natural. Not to mention it goes from western folk songs, to rap/hip hop, to classical, back to western. I know Quentin is a big fan of choosing his own music for his movies, but someone should told him “no” on this one. Consistency is key in a good soundtrack, so is matching music to emotion. I don’t really feel he accomplished either.

#2. Run Time: Clocking in at a menacing two hours and forty-five minutes, it’s clear editor Fred Raskin didn’t learn enough from Sally Menke (the now deceased editor of all of Tarantino’s previous films) while working with her as an assistant editor. While being a great film, it defiently runs a bit long, and feels like it could have been streamlined without much loss to the story.

#3. Tarantino’s Cameo: I don’t want to spoil any of the plot so I’ll leave this short. Tarantino should not pretend to have an Australian accent, but should try to get into better shape. ‘Nough said!

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Ok ok ok, enough of being a negative Nancy! On to the good stuff. This movie has dumb southerners being killed off by the dozens, vigilante justice, gallons of fake blood, comedy, romance, and a compelling story with extremely entertaining characters played by amazing actors. I suggest going to see this movie in theaters. It’s fun in a crowd unless you’re shy about blood, violence, and extreme use of the “N” word (109 times in all.) And yes, I really counted. I was trying to see if it’d make a viable drinking game.

Christoph Waltz really stands out as a star in this movie. His wit and intelligence shine through in his character Dr. King Schultz. I hope he gets some kind of acknowledgement come award season starting here in January. I can’t forget to mention Leonardo DiCaprio’s amazing scene where he accidentally slices his hand open and starts bleeding, for real. But the veteran actor doesn’t stop. He keeps going and his performance was so good, it was used in the final cut.

Now the part I’ve been waiting for. Your history lesson in Django!

In 1966 a dirty, violent Spaghetti Western came out and it was so violent, it remained banned in the UK until 1993. This movie spawned so many unofficial sequels (somewhere in the hundreds) that the movie became its own sub-genre. This movie was simply called Django and if you ever get a chance to see the original, do it. Add it to your queue here.

Django Unchained Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10

Go see it!

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