I’ve been thinking of this film so much and it’s been tough. While it is easy to say why this film is good, how do I convey why this film is my favorite of the year especially with so many good films this year. So i’m going to start small: the soundtrack. For years, I’ve been one of those people who doesn’t think that modern place should be in period pieces. It takes you out of the era, taking you out of the film and achieving the opposite of what you wanted. Then Rick Ross starts playing in Django and everything just fits. It helps bring you closer to the characters and tells part of the story with the song. That’s why so many of his scenes have no dialogue because Quentin uses the song to tell the story. And I think that’s why this film and Tarantino are so amazing in general. Because he takes genres, actors, music and tropes that we have long forgotten about or brushed away to the bargin bin and he makes you care about them. Every film is met with some kind of media buzz or attention because he brings up things that maybe we didnt’ want to talk about. That’s why I like Django so much. Because Tarantino isn’t politically correct, and he doesn’t want to be. He’s bringing you both above all of that without becoming blind to it. And I for one salute him for it.
Plot: A bounty hunter teams up with a freed slave to rescue the slave’s wife at the vicious CandyLand.
Review: For the last film of the year and Tarantino knocks it out of the park and makes me rethink my whole top ten lists! Damn you Quentin! Now anyone who knows me knows I wasn’t a fan of Inglorious Basterds. After much thought, my main problem was that it didn’t mention the holocaust or concentration camps in more than a passing fashion. I thought that was disrespectful and made me not have fun at all. Which is why I loved this film so much. Django is the complete opposite of Basterds. It faces slavery head on! I loved Tarantino for that. It’s his version of a western that has fun but never lets you forget the terrible things that happened. He manages to make a self aware fun western, which I never thought was possible. It’s something that I think only Tarantino could do as he brings the western into the modern area. It’s not a throwback or a modernisation but yet both at the same time. So let’s get to the plot. The plot is also typical Tarantino and even though it doesn’t have the “chapter” titles, you can feel the episodic tone. As they rescue Django from his slavers, then the killing of the Brittle Brothers, then the bounty hunting and finally Candyland. Candyland actually has two chapters but it ruins it a bit if I explain so I’ll just state it. I feel that a lot of people are having problems with the episodic tone as they feel that Django becomes somewhat of a side character in the film but that’s also typical of Tarantino films. It also feels better in this film as they are all connected. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz have great chemistry and bring unique perfect characters. Kerry Washington also does a fantastic job as Django’s wife and it’s great to see Tarantino tackle a real love story. It’s his first time really diving into this territory and it gives Django more depth than usual. Plus they really seem to care about each other and you want to see them win. Leonardo Dicaprio turns in his first “Fun” role and it’s one of his best. As the sadistic slave owner, Candie, he is truly a villain and you can tell he loves playing such a out there character. Everyone is really on their A game and I don’t want to ruin the fun cameos. I’ll have more to say in my Top Ten but I will say everyone should see this film. Just make sure that you are okay with rated R films. Also there are a lot of slavery jokes and inappropriate humor that seems to be too much to some. But Tarantino is never one to shy away from controversy and I love him for it.
Trivia: Will Smith was originally cast as Django but then had to turn it down.