Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Django Unchained

Django is a black slave who is separated with his wife and gets his chance to save her  from the hands of a plantation owner Calvin Candie with the help of a German bounty hunter Dr King Schultz.

This is Quentin Tarantino's movie and I can say QT movies are all gangsters, from his debut Reservoir Dogs to Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and now Django Unchained, no doubt it's funny and bloody and is the most entertaining movie this year for the Oscar anyway.

Like many spaghetti western before Django, espeically compared to Sergio Leone's classic like Once upon a Time in the West, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, QT makes his western gangster movie with a modern touch of James Brown music and plays with the humor like Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, “I watched my wife working all day to get 30 bags for you ungrateful sons-of-bitches and all I can hear is criticise, criticise, criticise”, you will never look at the Ku Klux Klan the same way again.

Surly the violence in this movie is a bit overdone but also well choreographed, it reminds me the gun battle shoot out ending of  John Woo's Hard Boiled and A Better Tomorrow II, also the relationship between Dr Schultz and Django are quite similar to Mark and Sung Tse-Ho (played by Chow Yun-fat and Lung Ti ), we all know that QT is the big fan of Woo, so I am sure when he wrote the script, he  thought about the movie like A Better Tomorrow, Hard Boiled, The Killing and Bullet in the Head more or less.  I remember in True Romance, a script written by QT, even tho it has been changed a lot by Tony Scott but if we look closer then you will see Clarence and Alabama are the past life of Django and Broomhilda.
I can't say this is the best movie of Quentin Tarantino, I think Inglourious Basterds was much more fun, or should I say Django is like a twin movie but set in different time zone? I think QT has been looking for a perfect representative for him in his movie and Christoph Waltz maybe just the guy, every director has a reflection of himself in his own film, Martin Scorsese has DeNiro and DiCaprio, Hitchcock has Jimmy Stewart, John Woo has Chow yun-fat and Wong Kai-Wai has Tony Leung.  An actor and director are like body and soul, and Waltz served QT writing  better than anyone,  he is like Quentin in a much gentle manner and funnier.

When you watch Django or any QT movie, you have to think like him and understand his moral. In QT 's world, you can not take everything so serious, you have to understand you are not watching Lincoin or Les Miserables, you are here for fun, to be thrilled. Don't ask any questions like why there was Australian Bounty Hunter and why QT has to play a part? Don't ask why the movie is so long and it should end 20 mins earlier? why there is so much blood? and why Django can shoot so well.
This is a QT BBQ Western chili sauce movie with rap and James Brown mix of Ennio Morricone's music blood porn with Uncle Tom on Acid, a real live Japanese Manga inspired by Playstation TV game. Why some people like to go to Strip club? because they like it!! Some people think this movie doesn't look realistic but I think this is far more realistic than Sliver Lining Playbook. Why I think QT movie is fun because it is.  I will not even talk about the N word? at least the N word he used in this film is much more reasonable than in Pulp Fiction, one thing will make the second half of the film more suspenseful is to make Samuel Jackson character's more quiet. It will make "motherfucker" more powerful and the dinner more scary.

Django is a summary of QT's movies, self indulge exercise. I wonder what he will do next? He did crime, war, kind of kung-fu, western movie. So, maybe a film noir like Hitchcock?

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