Django Unchained

February 21st, 2013 at 6:10 pm by David Farrar

Went to see Django Unchained at the Empire Theatre in Island Bay. A great little theatre, which was well patronised. A nice place to see a movie, and then dinner afterwards at Original Thai just down the road.

Anyway – to the movie.

It is classic Quentin Tarantino. The corny music, the oversized text, the blood and splatter, the lethal protagonist.

If you liked Kill Bill, you’ll like Django Unchained.

Jamie Foxx stars as Django, but my favourite character was Dr King Schulz played by Christoph Walz. An elderly softly spoken German who surprises often.

Leonardo DiCaprio excels as a charming but nasty slave owner. And Samuel L Jackson is unrecognisable as the “house nigger” who hates Django.

There are heaps of scenes where you will laugh out loud, and a large number of great gun battles.

It is a wonderful spaghetti western. Highly recommended if you like Tarantino’s work.

My only complaint was no strong female character.

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This graphic from Vanity Fear shows the death toll and method for each film.

 

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29 Responses to “Django Unchained”

  1. mattyman1010 (35 comments) says:

    Racist Stephan (Samuel L Jackson) was definitely the highlight!

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  2. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    Turned it off two thirds of the way through.

    I don’t like Tarantino, don’t like his movies, and I thought this venture was such a racist and untrue stereotyping of white American settlers it disgusted me.

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  3. eszett (2,426 comments) says:

    If you liked Kill Bill, you’ll like Django Unchained.

    I loved Kill Bill, but I thought Django was so-so.

    It was 45 minutes too long, basically everything after the big shootout was unnecessary and drawn out.

    Some great scenes and Christoph Waltz was, once again, brilliant.

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  4. pq (728 comments) says:

    sounds dreadful

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  5. Sonny Blount (1,794 comments) says:

    My only complaint was no strong female character.

    Really?

    Was Kill Bill lacking a strong black character also?

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  6. Dazzaman (1,144 comments) says:

    Jackie Brown is the best of those films.

    Was there no token woman? Sighs.

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  7. Longknives (4,858 comments) says:

    I’m a huge Tarantino fan but this is sadly his weakest effort….

    For a much better watch try this-

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_(film)

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  8. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Killer Crow will rock….the Inglorious Barstards sequel….proposed….

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  9. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    For me its his best since Pulp but yeah a bit long and flabby. Awesome cast.
    Reservoir Dogs remains his best.
    Jackie Brown is a ok movie but a great book.

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  10. Longknives (4,858 comments) says:

    How can there be a sequel to Inglorious? They already killed Hitler….

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  11. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    Hitlers love child longknives.

    She gets a job at the UN…

    :)

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  12. Longknives (4,858 comments) says:

    It would take a bible quoting Samuel L Jackson flying Enola Gay, and Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman dropping Little Boy right on her noggin to come even close to destroying such a hideous beast!!

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  13. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    Let me guess. A typical Tarantino film: One group of unsavoury, unendearing characters gratuitously killing / being killed by another group of unsavoury, unendearing characters. All the while uttering the word “fucken” every 5 seconds.

    About right ? Isn’t contemporary pop culture wonderful ?

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  14. unpcnzcougar (52 comments) says:

    I loved Django Unchained. I like Tarantino movies because they are different and out there. Watching his films is inspiring in terms of his creativity rather than churning out bubble gum movies. DiCaprio was fantastic as was Christoph Waltz, although I think his character in Inglorious Basterds was much better.

    Tarantino may not be to everyone’s taste, however the movies I think are a must see as they all become cult classics. Loved his interview on Norton a few weeks back when he revealed it was him who did the choking of Diane Kreuger in Inglorious Basterds so it looked real and she had to trust him.

    My 18 year old daughter saw Pulp Fiction for the first time a few weeks ago and was amazed. She came with me and thought Django was much better.

    I am glad Tarantino is out there otherwise cinema would be no where near as interesting.

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  15. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    It would take a stake through the heart. Sadly, I don’t think the shebeast has one of those…

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  16. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Redbaiter takes it the butt pipe..

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  17. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Redbaiter takes it in the butt pipe..

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  18. Rufus (676 comments) says:

    The Scorned – what does that add to the debate?

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  19. Rufus (676 comments) says:

    He offers his opinion, fine. You offer your opinion, fine. Then you slag him off? Nice one. Bet you’re a popular guy.

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  20. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    Yep, a girl goes to a lot of trouble with her appearance to make herself look attractive, and I comment on how attractive she is and receive a reprimand from the host, whereas some ignorant cretin can write something like that and nothing is said.

    Yet another example of the fucked up world and upside down society that the progressives have brought upon us.

    And these same progressives say I am insane because I refuse to embrace their stinking degenerate society.

    Utterly arse about face.

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  21. alex (304 comments) says:

    Ooh, exciting. Someone on this thread is trying to out-crazy Redbaiter. I eagerly await the next bizarre personal attack from either side.

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  22. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    You’re excited and can’t wait for more, and you say I’m crazy??

    ????????

    Typical of the Whale Zombie Army.

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  23. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    “My only complaint was no strong female character”

    FFS, DPF.

    I guess you must think Lawrence of Arabia was a complete bomb.

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  24. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    I think Redbaiter wants us to be impressed that he’s in a position to “switch off” a movie that is currently in Cinemas…?

    I remember all the hype surrounding Kill Bill almost put me off even bothering to see it. THE FOURTH FILM BY QUENTIN TARANTINO etc etc etc… really?

    I liked Inglorous… there have been so many generic war is hell movies and so many grittily-realistic based on a true story type movies about WWII – which is fine – but that movie made a welcome change from all of that.

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  25. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    I enjoyed it more than any movie I have seen in at least the past five years. Then again, I love westerns.

    While it’s not The Wild Bunch or Once Upon a Time in the West, it’s an excellent movie. It took me a while to work out that it was Don Johnson.

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  26. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Redbaiter said

    …I thought this venture was such a racist and untrue stereotyping of white American settlers…

    I think that’s the point. Many if not all of Tarantino’s movies are piss takes and full of references to pop culture. They’re funny as fuck. The sirens whenever B kills someone in the Kill Bills, huge amounts of blood, Inglorious Basterds generally, etc., etc.
    I’m looking forward to going to the cinema to see it now.

    It’d be good to know how RedBaiter got to see it, since he was in a position to be able to switch it off half way through. I can’t imagine that he would have pirated it, since Redbaiter is all about property rights, and is so upstanding that he wouldn’t pirate it. I might start calling him Redbeard. Arrrrrr!

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  27. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    Like the others have mentioned, I too wondered how Redbaiter managed the following: “Turned it off two thirds of the way through”, when the film is currently screening in the cinemas.

    But the bit that I found most amusing was this: “I don’t like Tarantino, don’t like his movies”
    Why watch a Tarantino film then?

    Methinks, Redbaiter speaks with forked tongue and hasn’t seen this film at all.

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  28. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    “Why watch a Tarantino film then?”

    I was desperately bored after reading all the whining left wing shit on Kiwiblog and Whaleoil.

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  29. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Ohhhhh… so you DID pirate it then!

    Quite ironic that you’re calling me a thief on another thread…

    I thought you cared about PROPERTY RIGHTS?

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