More To Say #4: Django Unchained

Since we looked at The Hateful Eight last week, let’s look at another Quentin Tarantino movie that I didn’t get to talk about, Django Unchained:

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Django Unchained is a 2012 American Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. Set in the Old West and antebellum South, it is a highly stylized variation of Spaghetti Westerns, and a tribute to the 1966 Italian film Django by Sergio Corbucci, whose star Franco Nero has a cameo appearance.

Development of Django Unchained began in 2007 when Tarantino was writing a book on Sergio Corbucci. By April 2011, Tarantino sent his final draft of the script to The Weinstein Company. Casting began in the summer of 2011, with Michael K. Williams and Will Smith being considered for the role of the title character before Foxx was cast. Principal photography took place from November 2011 to March 2012 in California, Wyoming and Louisiana.

Django Unchained premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on December 11, 2012, and was released on December 25, 2012 in the United States. The film was nominated for several film industry awards, including five Academy Awards. Waltz won several awards for his performance, among them Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Academy Awards. Tarantino won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award for writing the film’s original screenplay. The film grossed over $425 million worldwide in theaters against its $100 million budget, making it Tarantino’s highest-grossing theatrical release.

Look, I have nothing against any of the actors involved in this movie nor do I have anything against Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker. But what Tarantino doesn’t realize is just because you’re writing a movie about a Blaxploitation western, that doesn’t give you the right to use the N word as much as you want.

I understand that that may have been how people talked back in those days but there was no reason for that many titrations of the N word. Jackie Brown didn’t overuse that word and that’s probably my favorite Tarantino movie.

Would it make Kill Bill more enjoyable if the see-you-next-Tuesday word was used a lot? No, it would be the exact same thing. Even The Boondocks doesn’t use the N word as many times as this movie does, and that’s a regular word used on that show and they don’t use it as much as Django Unchained does.

And that’s the problem with the movie is that, overuse of racist language. If he had toned down on the racist language, the movie would’ve been great. The performances in this are great, Jamie Foxx is always great, Christoph Waltz is great in this, Leonado DiCaprio is the film’s strongest performance as he plays a really great villain.

Also, the movie is just way too long, it’s almost three hours long and it’s hard to stay with it if there’s no real action going on.

A lot of people seem to enjoy the movie but I don’t, it’s too long, the action’s not really all that great and the good performances are overshadowed by the excessive racial slurs that should’ve been shrunken down big time.

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