Ashdoc's movie review---Django unchained

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  1. ashdoc

    ashdoc Senior Member Senior Member

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    I have seen very few of Quentin Tarantino's films---except The Rock and Crimson Tide.....

    ......But now that I have seen this , I am gonna see them all.....

    ......And write reviews---thats a promise.....:)

    Suddenly I have become a fan....

    While traditionally Hollywood has been squeamish on the subject of Black slavery , Tarantino takes the subject head on with the attitude of a raging bull in a China shop.....

    ......And like a raging bull , he creates havoc in the form of spectacular violence.....

    And thats what he is creates in all his films---or so I heard.....

    Thats why I am gonna watch them all.....

    In this film the spectacular violence is not only in the shooting sprees of bullets and explosions of dynamite (of course , all that is there too ) but also in the mindblowing racism of some of the characters in the film and in the ugly scenes it creates......

    ......Scenes of dogs attacking a black man presumably with the intention of tearing him apart---thankfully the camera turns away at the last moment....

    .....Scenes of black people being scourged by long whips till the marks appear on their backs and they writhe in agony.....

    ......Scenes of a black man pleading for his wife to be spared such a cruel fate till you are choked with emotion....

    ......Scenes of two black men forced to fight each other till one of them manages to break another's bones and then kill him.....

    Now I know why slavery is known as the fate worse than death.....

    And amidst all this mayhem one black man is freed by a white man from the chain gang that chains him.....

    That black man's name is Django.....

    Yeah , this time the Django is a black slave---but Django is now unchained.....

    And not only is he unchained , he is unleashed onto us.....

    For the German white man who frees him tells him a mythical story of a German princess who has been trapped by her father on top of a mountain with dragons guarding her , and about the hero who saves her because she is worth all that.....

    And our hero wants to do the same for his wife who is held as a slave by a brutal slave plantation owner played with aplomb by Leonardo Di Caprio.....
    For she is worth all that risk too.....

    So Django and his German deliverer set off to that plantation in the fanatically slave holding state of Mississippi where a black man on a horse draws a lot of stares and also some real hostility......

    But who is the German deliverer ?? He's a bounty hunter who kills wanted men for money---and Django gets plenty of training for the grim task ahead by killing evil men who have price on their heads......and the audience gets to see a lot of action western style---quick draws of guns by men riding fast horses ; so quick that the other man cant retaliate.....

    Yeah , the good old days of Clint Eastwood are back big time.....

    But the real danger lies after this phase---that of going to free the beautiful black slave from the clutches of her sinister owners.....

    Its task akin to taking food from a lion's mouth.....

    For the terrifying slave owners live in a land bristling with guns of all caliber......

    So can the hero and his friend save the lovely black lady from the hell she is in....

    Go and watch the movie for that.....

    Watch the Tarantino style of movie making......

    Watch as the tension builds over seemingly normal conversations with violent people on a dinner table with a sense of impending doom.....

    ......For you know that guns are going to boom any moment.....

    And when they do , watch with a smile on your face.....for this is moviemaking at its very best.....

    Acting by everyone is faultless , but the icing on the cake is the slave plantation owner's aide played by Samuel L Jackson---a black man who supports the slave system , and is indeed a part and parcel of it ; an embodiment of evil beyond comprehension and also within it---for his livelihood depends on supporting the slave system forced on people of his own race , and whose total dedication to his white master's needs is outrageously infuriating.....

    Best dialogues are given to Django's German friend ( played superbly by Christoph Waltz ) who speaks super correct English , and springs some laughs for the audience even in a tense situation.....

    Some comic scenes are really hilarious , like the scene in which the white hooded Ku Klux Klan members discover that the eyeholes in their white hoods are improperly made , leading to confusion during a raid....

    But it is violence that is king.....

    All flames erupting from barrels of guns and blood erupting from bodies of men and explosions rocking the place.....

    This is no film for the chicken hearted , and indeed many African Americans have vowed not to see it---for the indignities heaped upon the black slave from Africa are truely heartrending.....

    But if you do have a tough heart , it well worth the money spent.....

    Verdict---outstanding .
     
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  3. Singh

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    I loved this movie, the only thing I had an issue was with gratuitous use of the n-word.
     
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    Tarantino movies never disappoint.

    His movies make subtle point with a unique style.
     

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