Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Plot: A bounty hunter agrees to give a slave his freedom if he helps him identify three brother with a bounty on their heads. When the job is over the two men partner up to free the slaves wife from a cruel plantation owner in Mississippi.
So what did you think?
Adam – I loved it. While this style may be a bit different for Tarantino from a dialogue standpoint, It still has his style all over it. This may be the most unvarnished look at slavery in the United States in a long time. I expect racists everywhere will be horrified by the idea of an armed black vigilante seeking justice in the old south.
Scotty - Django is a movie filled with good dialogue, great story and some incredible cinematography, never mind some incredible performances from Tarantino favorites such as Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Shultz, Samuel L. Jackson as House Negro Stephen. There are certain points in the film that are a little slow and almost seemed meaningless but otherwise a solid film.
Griff – One of the best movies of the year. Tarantino has did a masterful job and the acting is top notch. This is the best American Western since Unforgiven. DiCaprio chews up his scenes in this movie and it’s some of the best stuff he has done in a while.
Any thoughts before you saw the movie?
Adam – I saw some people were pissing and moaning that the characters say nigger too much. Such thinking sort of misses the forest for the trees with regards to this film. Who goes into a film for an initial watch and decides to count how many time someone says fuck or some such nonsense? Somebody who has already made up their mind and has a point of view, they already established, thats who.
Scotty – I was excited to see Django, being a Tarantino fan I am always looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
Griff – I had my doubts about Foxx in the lead in this one. I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to pull off this role. So I hopeful but skeptical walking in.
Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative?
Adam – A black man wearing a blue velvet suit and whipping the hell out of some overseer, yeah that might have just a touch of originality. Similarly fans of classic western gun play will find this film has some of the most original shots in years.
Scotty - A modern day western based in the days of slavery, I would say it was innovative and fresh from what I have seen. The soundtrack was certainly innovative and I still do not know how I feel about it.
Griff – Although it borrows heavily from the Spaghetti Westerns and films like Mandingo it was fresh take on the western with some interesting camera shots and great use of a modern soundtrack mixed in.
Did you think the script was well written?
Adam – Has Tarantino ever written a bad script? That’s a rhetorical question and the correct answer is no.
Scotty – I thought the script was great until the end where the film kind of goes astray for 20 minutes but that is paid off with quite an ending. The dialogue, which is normally the most important part of a Tarantino picture lagged behind a great story and great acting. Not to say the dialogue was bad, it just was not the integral piece of the film.
Griff - With a few exceptions I think this was one of Tarantino’s best scripts. Some parts lagged a bit and the scene with the Australians was out of place and awkward but overall it was well done. There is a great story some interesting and strong characters and nice blend of action and laughs.
Was there a performance you really liked or really hated?
Adam – Jamie Foxx is a bad ass in this film but who really shined for me was Christopher Waltz. I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to Leonardo DiCaprico for his over the top performance as Calvin Candie.
Scotty – I loved DiCaprio and Waltz and although I was apprehensive about Samuel L. Jackson’s role, it was well done and right on point.
Griff - DiCaprio and Waltz steal the show here. They provide two Oscar worthy performances. I hated the Tarantino cameo in this one however and thought it was pretty awkward and out of place. His appearance snapped me right out of the film.
Do you remember a song from the film?
Adam – 100 Black Coffins by Rick Ross
Scotty - I thought the opening sequence that played what I can assume is the Django Theme song was great. I also remember there being a hip hop song which felt out of place a bit but it may be genius and I just don’t know it yet. I also remember Jim Croce’s “I got a Name” which I liked also.
Griff - I have to go with the rap song that Tarantino decided to throw into the film. It was bold move and I think it worked out. 100 Black Coffins by Rick Ross.
What was your favorite line?
Adam – “I like the way you die boy”
Scotty – “I guess they never seen a n*gger on a horse before.”
Griff – “You silver tongued devil!”
What would have made this a better movie?
Adam - I would have liked to watch the film with Spike Lee sitting between my brother and I. Afterwards we could hit up the Starbucks across the street and have a vanilla latte. After a bit of prompting Spike would admit it’s the best film he watched this year. We would make him pay for our coffee.
Scotty – I have no real complaints besides the scenes leading up to the final scene, I also felt like Tarantino’s acting role was a bit ridiculous but it does not take away from the film too much, just silly.
Griff - Skip the cameo from Tarantino and the whole sequence with the Australians for that matter. It was definitely the weakest part of the film.
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?
Adam - Round up all your red neck racist uncles that you had to sit with at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. You know the ones that caused you to bite your tongue when they talked about how the President was a secret communist, muslim, anarchist. Gather them all up and take them with you to the theater to watch this.
Scotty – Yes, Yes, Yes this film should be seen in the theater and if you have not seen it get off your computer and go see now.
Griff – Definitely worth a watch on the big screen. I will be buying it when it comes to blu-ray as well.
What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film?
Adam – I know Mark will make fun of me if I mention the Clint Eastwood Sergio Leone films so I am going to tell you not to watch them. Instead I am going to suggest you watch The Wild Bunch and High Noon.
Scotty – The Unforgiven comes to mind as for modern westerns. I also believe you should see every Tarantino film ever made even the ones that are not that great if you have not seen them.
Griff - High Plains Drifter, The Wild Bunch, I am going to throw Rio Bravo out there too. One more, how about Tombstone.
Any final thoughts on this movie?
Adam – This is one of about four films I watched this year that fully reached my lofty expectations walking into the theater. Little doubt in my mind this is the best western I have seen since No Country For Old Men. If you are a fan of Tarantino, or westerns you are sure to enjoy this film. Lastly, as you can probably tell from the trailers this is probably not a film for children or the squeamish.
Scotty – I really liked Django and felt the script, actors, and cinematography were top notch. As I discussed earlier there were a few issues I had with it but those are just a small part of what was overall a really good film. Many of the landscapes were remarkable visually and I thought Tarantino upped his game a little with this film. Where he usually relies on witty conversation and dialogue coupled with over the top violence this film had that but also plenty of backbone and depth to go along with it and the right cast to bring his vision to a reality. DiCaprio and Waltz should get nominations for best supporting actor and the film as a whole should be regarded as one of the best of 2012.
Griff - Django is one of the best films of the year and you should definitely check it out but be aware that you are walking into a Tarantino film and believe me when I tell you this. There will be blood!