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Nigger. The word just hits the ears wrong. Tarantino has gotten a lot of flack for his entire film career for using the word and in the case of Django Unchained some may say (Spike Lee) that he has used the word excessively throughout this particular script. However, every single time you hear that word in this movie you feel it cut through you like a knife regardless of race. You FEEL it. You want Django to unleash those six shooters and blast away every single slave master and racist piece of garbage in that film’s universe. Why? Because this is a movie about revenge. The audience needs to be 100% behind the Django character and his motivations. If you set an extremely strong black character in a film set in the pre civil war south then you want to see him get retribution on every single person on that screen that spouts that most hated word.
The film itself is excellent. Tarantino has refined his style every single time a new flick comes around. They have honestly been getting better and better and more well made. The funny thing about Tarantino is that you know whatever he commits to screen will be good. You know the guy isn’t making The King’s Speech or the next Dr. Zhivago. He makes sticky floor movie theater, pop corn munching, eye popping, visceral flicks that take you out of your droll little life. It’s escapism at its finest.
I also think this is the tightest script he has ever written as far as not having characters go into a long Tarantino-esque diatribe. This flick is direct and to the point. It’s a modern spaghetti western that presents you all the facts. You KNOW the good guys are gonna win but it’s a matter of HOW? The story itself is simple. A bounty hunter (Cristoph Waltz) frees a slave (Django) while he is on the hunt for three criminals that this particular slave knows. After all is said an done this bounty hunter decides to help Django find his wife and free her after of course spending some time collecting bounties, having adventures (off camera), and with Django finding out he’s actually quite brilliant and a natural shot. It’s about a three hour ride that will keep you completely entertained and will blow you away with a good dose of the old ultra violence. There is also a really excellent and much needed dose of humor in the movie. There are extremely dark and humorless scenes and you will believe that DiCaprio and Sam Jackson play two of the most despicable characters in film history but that is balanced by some really endearing light-hearted moments that do draw a lot from your Spaghetti Western classics. Tarantino does a great job of creating a really awesome and cool and strong black hero that everyone can look up to in an age where you get two dimensional characters AT best in a film.
Listen, this review is just one guy’s opinion. If you have some time and want a great distraction and pretty excellent flick that will take you back to the days of tongue in cheek action, good acting, good story, and great visuals, then shut up and go see Django. You won’t get offended.