Django

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Everyone I was with LOVED it. To me, there were some parts that were hard to watch. Seeing a clip of an interview with Leonardo, Jamie and Quentin made me feel a little better because they said that it was supposed to do that. So, ok at least I'm not crazy.

I've heard some complaints about it being historically inaccurate. Thoughts?
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I liked it. everyone i was with liked it. everyone in the theater seemed to like it. its not suppose to be a historical drama, kinda like inglorious basterds. i thought it was done well and very QT.
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Re: the historical stuff, you may want to check out his review. He's a scholar and has written extensively about Texas slavery & slave trade.
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Most of it seemed pretty accurate to me. It was amazing. Didn't even care it was almost three hours long. I saw an interview with Quentin and he said that he wanted to open the door to more films involving slavery. He said that other disasters and historical events (like the Holocaust) come out with movies every year or so, but society tends to "ignore" certain aspects of history like slavery. Great stuff.
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I haven't as yet but hubby did.

Re: the historical stuff, you may want to check out his review. He's a scholar and has written extensively about Texas slavery & slave trade.
Originally Posted by webjockey
that was an interesting read. He made some very good points. I would love to see a film made about the real slave revolts. I want a film about Nat Turner!

another FYI: this is the second in QT's killing Crow's trilogy, the third will feature black ww2 soldiers seeking revenge.
I loved it! Of course the action and reactions were 'exaggerated' but that is QT's style. However, the story really pointed to a very ignorant time in our history. At some points the movie dragged on, but overall I loved it.
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I liked it. I dont think it was 100% historically accurate but I dont think that should take away from the movie at all. It is fiction and I wasn't expecting it to be like an informational historical documentary or a biography.

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I haven't as yet but hubby did.

Re: the historical stuff, you may want to check out his review. He's a scholar and has written extensively about Texas slavery & slave trade.
Originally Posted by webjockey
Thanks. It seems like his criticism was that it didn't have any children in the movie and it didn't speak to the things he wanted QT to talk about. I don't know if that makes it inaccurate.

I did notice that there were few (if any) fair-skinned blacks. Most were medium or dark. I found that interesting.
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it seemed like tarantino tried to make some serious things comical. spike lee said he felt the movie was disrespectful to slavery. when i first saw that spike lee had commented i wondered if it was like his beef with tyler perry. after seeing the movie i just didn't like the way it played out. i did hear that tarantino wanted to give a portrayal of what a slave would do if he had the opportunity (i.e. to show these slave owners a thing or two) but it just missed the mark for me. now, i do think jamie foxx, samuel jackson, kerry washington and many others in the film did do a good job with the acting. it was an interesting story, just one that left me a bit uneasy and it was so far from what would have really happened in that time. (i.e. slaves didn't ride off into the sunset with their loves. they were brutally killed, tortured and maimed. their lives had no value). it was almost a fantasy movie.

my friend presented the argument that the movie was designed to show that 1) blacks can love deeply and 2) they can be equals (like how jamie was the german guys real partner) and that 3) white folks aren't the only "evil" ones from that time (samuel jacksons character caused so much drama.

some scenes were hard to watch, the dogs attacking the man, the fighting/wrestling scene, kerry washington getting lashes and having that water poured on her.
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I liked the movie. The characters are some of the most complex of any Tarantino movie I've seen (have never seen Pulp Fiction or the vampire western movie he was involved in).

Kerry Washington plays a complex character simply (haha) because black female characters aren't often portrayed as anything other than strong, mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, or if whatever. Otherwise her character was an agencyless woman. But ain't nobody more lacking of agency than a black female slave in early America.....except for perhaps a black male slave or Native.

I went to the bathroom at the dogs scene. One because I had to pee, but two I knew what was coming and didn't want to see it. There were many difficult to watch scenes in the movie. Women getting beaten and branded? Yeah. People fighting to the death for sport. The brothel.

I appreciated how every plantation was different. That's pretty consistent with history. Some masters were kinder than others. Some were sicker than others. All were wrong for owning people.

The n word didn't bother me in this movie anymore than it would in reading Huckleberry Finn. Um, those were the times.

The violence was excessive, but purposeful in my opinion. Nobody was whining in Training Day, Glory, Roots or its sequels, or The Help.

I had more of a problem with The Help (still haven't seen it) because it masquerades as the truth and/ or for whatever reason people want to believe it's true. Django Unchained does not. Sure, slavery is treated in a brutal way here, but it was. So was Jim Crow era Mississippi, but I believe from my reading of The Help the ending was almost as fantastical as Django.

It is one of Tarantino's better movies as far as character development goes, but not my favorite overall. Like Inglorious Basterds, it is not something I would watch over and over and over necessarily, but then I do have that on dvd (and rarely watch it).

Spike Lee should take a seat or two and just make a movie on the topic instead of doing what is starting to become his m.o.

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Last edited by curlyarca; 01-11-2013 at 04:15 AM.
curlyarca i have to agree with you on the characters. QT is getting better at developing more complex characters. i think kerry washtington did a great job.

vampire western? are you thinking about from dusk til dawn that he wrote and his bff robert rodriquez directed? its an awesome movie and i recommend it!
It kind of made light of a serious issue, but for the pure entertainment value, it wasn't bad. I tried to look at it in the same way I looked at Inglorious *******s.

It did drag on in places. It could have been 1/2 hour shorter, and still had the character development, fight scenes, and important stuff, in my opinion.

While I wasn't bothered by the use of the N word (it was used at the time), I do think they probably over-used it.

Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx acted out their parts very well. Christoph Waltz was good for the character he was portraying. I was less thrilled by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The explosion at the end would have been smaller with the amount of dynamite. Remember that these weren't gas heated houses, so there's no gas line to blow up. Even the inclusion of the lamp oil wouldn't have made it THAT BIG of an explosion. But hey, people love their gigantic explosions, so they can have it. *shrug*
curlyarca i have to agree with you on the characters. QT is getting better at developing more complex characters. i think kerry washtington did a great job.

vampire western? are you thinking about from dusk til dawn that he wrote and his bff robert rodriquez directed? its an awesome movie and i recommend it!
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I think he almost had to put crazy jokes in it because 1 it's a Tarantino film and 2 he had to somehow balance the brutalness of slavery and help assauge any guilt members of the audience may have. Kind of why slavery movies almost always have one good white person in them.

What I liked about Dr. Schultz is he starts off thinking he knows everything about brutality and realizes that he was really only seeing the tip of the iceberg of slavery's brutality.

I thought Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job. He gets better and better with age.

Every time I mention this movie to my office mate (even before I saw it) she changes the subject. LOL

I almost did not go see this movie because I knew it was going to be a Tarantino slavery movie. But I did not have as much hesitation to see Inglorious Basterds.....and that's when I knew I should go see Django Unchained.
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I realized what i didn't like about the movie. I didn't like that django didn't form any typebif relationship with the other slaves. Broomhilda does count. I was disappointed that he didn't help those on the way to the mine the way the doc helped the slaves in the first scene. He didn't even connect with the slave who showed him around big dadddys.

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That's true. I was surprised by that near the end, but I interpreted it as him being singularly focused on getting to his wife. I think a lot of slaves probably felt that way. Kind of how Broomhilda said to Dr. Schultz that she didn't have any friends when he said a friend was in Candyland to help her. Just one (or two) against everything else.

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