Excerpt: I know Quentin Tarantino has his detractors and that movies with any kind of violence are currently under fire but that said I hope “Django Unchained” will be appreciated for being a complex film delivered under the guise of simple pop entertainment.
Excerpt: Inteso come secondo capitolo di una possibile trilogia di contro-storia, Django Unchained è un Tarantino d’annata, che piacerà ai suoi fans, perchè riesce a rinnovare ancora una volta i suoi punti di forza: violenza parossistica, lunghi dialoghi memorabili e feroce ironia.
Excerpt: What’s most remarkable about Django Unchained is how skillfully Tarantino navigates the shaky ground between muddy Western oater, blaxpoitation-style shoot-‘em-up, earnest love story, and honest-to-God socio-political commentary.
Excerpt: Django is arresting cinema for most of its nearly three-hour runtime, Tarantino having impressive command of everything technical to complement his confident use of writing and actors. If only the director could have ended the film twenty minutes earlier than he does.
Excerpt: It’s more John Shaft than John Wayne. It’s an angry, intelligent film about the great obscenity of American history dressed up as one of its most conservative genres, but which also happens to work as a great example of that genre.
Excerpt: Quentin Tarantino is certainly our most exuberant current auteur, and certainly no other director takes such extravagant delight in the least respectable subgenres of exploitation films. His latest feature, “Django Unchained,” an over-the-top celebration of both the spaghetti western and the Blaxploitation flick, is a very R-rated epic peppered with equal parts brutal violence and raucous, adolescent humor.“Django Unchained” is a wildly entertaining, high velocity theme park ride of a movie, which doesn’t stop to trouble itself over minor matters of taste or decorum.
Excerpt: Much like his previous film Inglourious Basterds, with Django Unchained Tarantino treads the very thin line between pseudo drama and comedy with a film that eagerly takes as many risks as it pushes the boundaries of telling a story like this.
Excerpt: Tarantino has come a long way since his only true classics, namely Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He is a hipster god and a film persona to behold for he has always been fresh, juicy and creatively provocative. I feel these elements are pushed aside here in the name of a self -congratulating kill-‘em-all mannerism which will indoctrinate many new adherents but will lose some old true believers.
Excerpt: Django Unchained is a masterpiece of awesomeness, birthed in that wacked-out brain of Quentin Tarantino’s and hurled at the screen with equal parts breathtaking beauty and unflinching severity, at once underscoring its repulsive origins and then its gleeful subversion of them.
Excerpt: Tarantino signals quite explicitly that Django Unchained is not aiming to present a historically accurate depiction of chattel slavery in the American South, but a Hero’s Journey where Django assumes the role of a dragon-slaying, maiden-rescuing Siegfried. It’s not Roots, but Wagner through the lens of Sergio Leone with a splash of James Brown funk.