Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jason (finally) versus Django Unchained

Coming at a movie long after everyone else on the planet has seen it can be tough. Others' perceptions will impact how a flick, especially one as well received as Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, plays for the viewer. But a rainy afternoon, an HD projector, a fridge full of beer and a enough chili to feed an army warranted sitting down and giving this almost three-hour western a go. 

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. 

I'll come right out and say it, Django is Tarantino's best flick. It's his most complete work, and best shows off his talent for dialogue, music and violence without compromising what is a loving homage to the spaghetti western. Django is, quite simply, brilliant.

How much so? The two-hour-and-45-minute run time blows by. I was never bored, not even for a second. No line of dialogue is out of place, each character is expertly written and performed, and everything comes together in an explosive (literally) and satisfying climax.

And the film is funny without being silly or detracting from what is a very serious, and violent, story.

Christoph Waltz is amazing, and successfully crafts a kind, vicious, intelligent and brutal character. Jamie Foxx has never been better, nor has Leonardo DiCaprio. And it's great to see Samuel L. Jackson act again, instead of playing Samuel L.

I could go on, but I won't. You all have seen it. This is a movie people love or hate. I loved it, and will watch it again. Hell, I already own it. A Good.
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4 comments:

  1. You're not alone, Jay, as I've yet to watch this movie also. It's been on the, "Watch when the kid's asleep list" for a while now!

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  2. Ha ha! Kara, that was the exact same list I had it on :) - J

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  3. I really enjoyed this one too, went to see it on a date night with Mrs. DK Metz at the 1970's time capsule (they still have a working Ms. Pacman table top arcade game and shag carpet on the walls), "Tillicum Twin Theaters" in Terrace.

    I'm still liking Inglorious Basterds more, but a close tie.

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