Let's All Go To the Movies.. Or Not: Django Unchained
Now for your feature presentation!
It doesn’t take long for the movie to start that you are indulging in a Quentin Tarantino film. From the opening song selection of Django by Luis Bacalov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RsIj_ENu-I) to the credit fonts, it’s hard if you’re a Tarantino fan to not crack a sly smile in anticipation of what lies ahead. As I have said before, I’m not going to go through the movie plot point by plot point. If that’s what you want, go look for every trailer you can find or read one of the 3,577, 821 critical reviews out there. If you haven’t seen them here’s a quick overview of the movie. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave who is freed and mentored in by a bounty hunter (Waltz) to help track down a group of wanted men and in return gets his help in trying to rescue his wife from a plantation owner in Mississippi (DiCaprio). As is normal protocol, Tarantino uses a diverse and often times obscure soundtrack to bring an added element to many scenes along with dialogue that is so hard to find in most movies you find at your local cineplex. Heading into the movie, there were 3 things I was curious about and wanted to see how they actually played out. The first was the runtime of 2:45, which in true Tarantino storytelling fashion was not a problem as the movie flowed well the entire time. The second was the talk of violence, especially with the use of guns, as it seems to be a hot-button issue in the country these days. If you’ve watched a Tarantino movie before, there is nothing you haven’t seen before in this aspect in Django Unchained. The last was the fuss being made over the use of the n-bomb. Someone who cared about it a lot more than I did I think counted its use more than 80 times. While maybe a bit excessive, I actually thought the usage was integral in the vision and feel of the movie.
Django is packed with several fantastic performances, the best use of Don Johnson in over a decade, and a Tom Wopat sighting. Christoph Waltz absolutely carries the movie and is just as good throughout this flick if not better than he was in Inglorious Basterds. From what I’ve seen, he should be the favorite for the best supporting actor Golden Globe. Leonardo DiCaprio was entertaining and solid and plays the role of plantation owner Calvin Candie really well as was recognized by others since he was nominated for a Golden Globe as well. Speaking of DiCaprio, is there anyone else who hits at as high an average as this guy? Look at his last 11 movies; Django, J. Edgar, Inception, Shutter Island, Revolutionary Road, Body Of Lies, Blood Diamond, The Departed, The Aviator, Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York. See? After seeing the movie, and knowing at points Idris Elba and Will Smith were once rumored to play Dango, I’m actually glad Jamie Foxx got the nod. He definitely brought an element to the character that neither of the other two could have and did a hell of a job in his interactions with DiCaprio and Waltz. The last one who really caught my eye was Samuel L. Jackson. He was fantastic every second he was on screen and continued his streak of shining in Tarantino projects. I hope Tarantino keeps making movies for the opportunity to see this guy at his best more often.
Overall, I wasn’t disappointed one bit when I left the theater. The story, the look of the movie, the performances, and the product as a whole all meet the qualifications of what going to see a movie is really about. As of right now, it was my favorite movie of 2012, pending the results of Zero Dark Thirty, and gets an A in my grade book. Definitely check it out.
What have you guys seen lately? What do you want to see? As for me, I think Gangster Squad is on deck for next weekend. Feel free to comment below with thoughts and requests or do so via twitter @StoneyinCO..