Went "to the movies" to see this today...
I am shocked to discover Tarantino is a mere mortal!
The Django Unchained I saw this afternoon does NOT work.The Good
Leo is terrific, as is CW.
Fine ensemble acting too.
Tarantino's signature choice of music.
The most realistic, horrific, and damning portrayal of Black Slavery in America ever put to screen.The Bad
Mostly everything else.
In the past, we have seen QT mish-mash different genres and miraculously make it work.
Unfortunately, even magicians make mistakes.
The first 3/4 of the movie is a harrowing story of the dehumanizing of a captive people.
Never seen it done grittier or more honestly.
And I'll say right here: ANYONE who says this film is racist is a complete a$$hole or hasn't seen the movie.
As a matter of fact, it is the very opposite of the term "racism."
The final 1/4 of the film suddenly, out of left field, becomes a tribute to spaghetti westerns.
I almost yelled out "WTF!!!"
Essentially, he tacked on this "tribute" to a story that had ALREADY concluded...there was nothing left to tell (other than riding into the sunset).
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The bad guy is dead and the good guy won
Another problem is, for the first time in his career, there is almost NO Tarantino black humor at all...it's played straight up.
IF the last 1/4 of the film is deleted, this is a fine, slow-burn of a drama.
However, it still would be the least of his creations.
Many good directors could have done this story well, but QT isn't just a "good" director....he does things others can't
Either make a gut-wrenching, eye-opening condemnation of slavery or a make a loving salute to Sergio Leone.
He couldn't do both with Django.
Oh well, I guess he couldn't help himself...
If I must point fingers it would be at the Weinsteins....
Their arm-twisting of QT to make TWO Kill Bills, instead of his original vision of just one, may have set a precedent or given a green light for Tarantino to bloat his story.
At least, that's my theory....