I very much enjoyed it and did not remotely notice how long it was, but I can't put it on a best of list. So much of it is just Quentin being Quentin, right down to the ridiculous overuse of fake blood and the completely gratuitous cameo (with even more gratuitous Australian accent). Christoph Waltz is just amazing, even better than he was in Inglorious Basterds, and Leonardo DiCaprio is right behind him. I will never not be amused by the "You had my curiosity, now you have my attention" line. Jamie Foxx and Sam Jackson were great too, but just overshadowed by two exceptional performances. Directing fabulous, music fantastic, plenty of deeply wrong but hilarious moments, just like any Tarantino movie, but it just didn't give me the feeling I'd ever need to see it again.
My original impulse, immediately upon leaving the theater, was that I liked it a lot but didn't LOVE it.
I suppose a fitting quote would be "If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo"... compared to most movies I loved it, but compared to Tarantino's other works I wasn't quite as impressed.
But upon reflecting for 36 hours or so, I'm realizing how much I enjoyed it. Definitely need another viewing, which I'll probably get around to in the next week or two.
Excellent acting across the board, that's for sure.
Last edited by jerseydevil; December 30th, 2012 at 03:33 PM.
Saw it today. As many, liked it didn't love it. I thought all the blood was a Peckinpah homage. But I did think it was too long, and I liked the first half better than the second. The plantation stuff could've been shorter and we didn't need so much of the movie left after Waltz was gone.
I loved it and thought it needed MORE blood splatter.
There were definitely parts that dragged a bit, and there were a number of characters/actors I would have liked to have seen more of (why even bother casting Zoe Bell?), but I thought it was a lot of fun.
Other than the big, gorey shootout I thought the scene where all the whiteys were complaining about eye holes in their bag was the best.
After reading about Leo cutting his hand unintentionally and continuing the scene, and then seeing him smear his blood all over Kerry Washington's face... was there a cut in there somewhere??
Even BoobyTrap liked the movie and you KNOW how she feels about Tarantino.
The soundtrack was aces again, but I have a hard time imagining him ever being able to top Kill Bill in that department.
Fun movie. Definitely one of the year's best for me.
And yeah, knowing BT's feelings about QT I hesitate what you had to mortgage to actually get her to see that...ESPECIALLY considering just how weak Washington's character was.
And, as much as you liked it...was it satisfying when held next to Tarentino's other works?
P.S. I knew...just knew you were gonna be offended by Zoe Bell's lack of screen time. I agree. I think there was such a better movie with the inclusion of more work from Bell, Goggins, and M.C. Gainey's characters.
Hmm. Well, I'd like to see it again before I say for sure, but right now I'm going to say it's on the lower end of the QT spectrum for me. Considering how much I enjoy his previous work, though, that shouldn't be considered too much of a knock on Django.And, as much as you liked it...was it satisfying when held next to Tarentino's other works?
Yeah. I also felt almost cheated that we didn't get some kind of last duel between Foxx and Goggins after all the talk between the two of them, and, really, what's a spaghetti western without a final showdown between two gunfighters and a tumbleweed? I wonder if Joseph Gordon Levitt had stayed in the film, would the role have been different?P.S. I knew...just knew you were gonna be offended by Zoe Bell's lack of screen time. I agree. I think there was such a better movie with the inclusion of more work from Bell, Goggins, and M.C. Gainey's characters.
As for Bell, Gainey, Michael Parks, Bruce Dern, etc, I guess I will content myself with the idea that they got paid for just being them. Well deserved, in my opinion.
CriterionCast | Soundtrack Commentary For Django Unchained Featuring Quentin Tarantino Arrives Online
The director sat down and discussed each track on the soundtrack, and also what his favorite musical sequences were from the film.