Something I try to do every year before Oscars is see the movies being nominated for Best Motion Picture. Sadly, I didn’t get to see this one in time for the Oscars, but I did see it afterwards. After seeing it, I’m please that Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay and that Christoph Waltz won for best Supporting Actor, but this movie was NOT Best Picture quality.
I feel in love with the raw gore and emotion that is Tarantino in 1992 when Reservoir Dogs came out. If there is one thing Tarantino knows how to make you feel, it’s uncomfortable. This movie does just that, by using the “n-word” every five seconds and putting Django in so many bad situations, you figure each one will be the death of him.
This movie pulled an all star cast together, (Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson to name a few) many of them having worked with Tarantino before, or on other movies together, making their chemistry very obvious on the screen.
This movie is very long (165 min) and at times I found my mind wandering, but I still enjoyed it. You need to know that when people die (and boy do they die!), as is typical in Tarantino movies, there is blood, blood, blood. The soundtrack was not that of a typical western, although Tarantino classified this as a Southern movie because it takes place in the south. The cinematography mixed with the location and the music at many times had me expecting to see Judah singing in Jesus Christ Superstar. Of course, leave it to Tarantino to throw in some rap as well because it’s not expected. It’s neat to see Leo as a villain since it’s not what he usually does.
Many people believe this movie to be racist because of the extreme circumstances of the storyline, but people should remember while this story is not a true story – so many other stories out there similar to this one are true. Tarantino shows what could have happened to slaves and how they were bought and sold. While I still don’t think this sort of movie is Best Picture worthy (I still have movies like Gone With the Wind or Schindler’s List in my mind when I think of Best Picture), it was good and something I enjoyed.
If you have the time and the money and can find a theater still showing this movie, go check it out.