Thursday, December 27, 2012

Django Unchained

It's a Quentin Tarantino, do I really need to spell it out for you?

Go see this movie!

The thing about Tarantino films is that it's actually kind of hard for me to pinpoint exactly what makes his films so good. All of his films are incredibly unique and enthralling while also breaking a lot of story telling rules that most movies tend to follow. And, lately, he has been doing grind house style revenge movies, though, they have been incredibly smart and well written grind house style revenge movies. To add to those kinds of movies, we have Django Unchained.

Taking place two years before the Civil War when slavery was still a common practice, Django is found by Dr. Schultz who is looking for help finding people that Django knows. This allows Django to be free and to help Schultz with his Bounty Hunting profession. It also gives Django a chance to save his wife. And...things kind of play out from there. The movie plays out like a Spaghetti Western, though, it takes place in the, I guess you can call it a southern....or a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Seeing that this is a revenge movie, of course you're going to see a lot of people a part of the slave trade getting brutally murdered, and with this being a Tarantino film, the movie is not afraid to get incredibly violent. In fact, there are a couple of scenes that are incredibly painful to watch. I'm not going to say too much, it's a thing you'll have to see for yourselves, but I guess you can say that this movie has....balls to the wall action.(snark)

One of the things about this movie...and Tarantino movies in general is that it's not afraid to be deliberately paced in its story telling. This does lead to movies being over two hours long, but the story telling is so sharp and well paced, it never feels like an overly long movie.

The most interesting thing is how all of the action scenes play out and how they aren't exactly the most important things in the movie. They are there to service the story and they are also few and far between. What the movie focuses on is the characters, showing us how badly the slaves had it, and making sure that the dialogue plays the biggest role in the conflict of this story. be honest, my take on the movie definitely shows my inexperience with movies, as the title suggests. There's not a whole lot of insight I can give on this movie that I'm sure other people can. But, what I can say is that it's a really, really, really good fun family movie for people to enjoy during the holiday season. It strikes a chord with everybody, rich conservatives will like, grandma will like, your racist dad will like it, and so on.

But, as I've said before, it's a Tarantino movie, do I really need to say how good this movie is?

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