Film Watch – 329. Django Unchained

django-unchainedFast Facts

Title: Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Year: 2012
Run time: 2hrs 45m

Background Info

This was highly recommended, and it seemed like an important film that was a must-watch when it hit the iTunes store. We’ve had to put it off a couple of times due to the length of it, but with zero energy in the hot weather, it was the perfect time to squeeze it in.

Live Blog

1:57 – This is such a Western opening. And it’s so very Tarantino.
6:31 – I like the dentist using the big words. “parlay” and “ascertain”.
13:06 – I’m loving the tooth on a spring. It’s like the early version of nodding dogs in cars.
18:07 – I like this dentist’s accent.
20:37 – Back to the Future III has ruined most saloon-based scenes for me.
28:10 – This is what happens when you let someone pick out their own clothes!
36:00 – I think this is the breaking character he wasn’t supposed to do.
38:12 – “Are you positive?” “I don’t know. I don’t know what positive means.”
48:23 – Campfire tales.
50:50 – Ohh, he’s not in blue anymore. That was fun. Not subtle, though.
56:16 – Snowman for shooting practice! So mean.
58:25 – “Come in out of the snowy snow…” What is snowy snow?
1:07:12 – Well that’s not pleasant at all. I liked the “finish him” though.
1:16:32 – Ooh, rambunctious is a brilliant word.
1:27:10 – It’s quite odd to see these huge big houses in the middle of absolutely nowhere.
1:37:27 – I like those candlesticks with the four candles round the central one. Very gothic.
1:40:56 – “Hello troublemaker.”
1:46:15 – Was Samuel L Jackson just hired to be an echo?
1:53:52 – Having said that, he is being pretty awesome.
2:09:43 – “I’m afraid I must insist in the opposite direction.”
2:23:14 – He’s not even good enough for the cage.
2:29:27 – Django just exploded the director.
2:36:00 – That house needs cleaning up, quite a lot of work.
2:41:22 – Horse donuts!

Conclusions

Quentin Tarantino has such skill at drawing you in to a world, in to the characters, in to his quirky land of make believe. I can forgive this film its length, because it’s a western and that’s what they do. I loved the acting, I thought Christoph Waltz was brilliant. The style, oh so Tarantino, was fabulous and the story kept moving along apace.

Then you get to the end and the big shootout and it all just gets silly. I know this is what he does, but it becomes its own helicopter/tunnel moment, where I am laughing AT the film instead of with it. The splashing blood was over the top and it let the rest down. But the rest, was brilliant.

Rating: 4/5

3 comments

  1. elephino

    I enjoyed watching this, even though it was on a plane at the time. Much better than Tarantino’s recent stuff (Kill Bills).

    Have you seen From Dusk Til Dawn?

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