I did it, felt ok about it, was scared about editing it. I quote Wikipedia: "The Latin phrase deus ex machina comes to English usage from Horace's Ars Poetica, where he instructs poets that they must never resort to a god from the machine to solve their plots. At last I've seen "Django Unchained," and here are my thoughts in a new blog entry, just now posted. Both men are temper-prone Southern "gentlemen" who can be persuaded, for the right price, to offer Schultz a slave girl for his private delectation. Django Unchained is bold, hysterical, entertaining, brutal and daring, it is another masterpiece from the present-master of the western, Quentin Tarantino. Croce's lyrics resonate in ways I hadn't given thought to despite my familiarity with the song. As I was watching the story I'm realizing how similar it was actually, when I was breaking it down to the story told in the movie. Tarantino, according to Ebert is “a student and champion of exploitation films. That sequence is the essence of what a lot of Tarantino detractors deny exists: his restraint. The deal-signing between Candie and Schultz is suspenseful, as each man tries to conclude it on his own terms. Just like on Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino will be casting top-shelf on his spaghetti Western. Other actors in small roles and bit parts are either unrecognizable (by me, anyway), or gone much too quickly: Bruce Dern, Don Stroud, James Russo, James Remar, Russ Tamblyn, Ted Neely, Michael Parks... At times, the movie seems to run low on imagination or inspiration -- as in a long, bloody shootout that's nothing but long and bloody because you can't tell and don't care who the swarms of faceless, gore-gushing expendables are. He has reason to believe one of the slaves might be of interest to him. The humour sprinkled throughout Django is perhaps the most surprising aspect of Tarantino's film. But now I must ask, before the plot hurtles ahead: Does it strike you as strange that Dr. King Schultz, in all of the vastness of the South, should have been driving his wagon through just that very deep, dark forest where Django was being led? Ebert & Armond review Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”! It was written and directed by an American black man named Melvin van Peebles. He refers to the conventions of Greek tragedy, where a crane (mekhane) was used to lower actors playing gods onto the stage." Candie believes it. I make these scripts that are almost novels. It's not the choppiness of the filmmaking and storytelling that bugs me so much (more about that later), but that the characters are missing a considerable amount of their character. That's Schultz and Django's first stop, and they easily find and take their quarry at the next one -- and re-use basically the same trick to escape from a tight spot that's never that tight to begin with. contribs) 13:58, 26 January 2015 (UTC) 'Django Unchained' is broad in it's coverage. As Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" opens, we see a line of shackled slaves being led through what I must describe as a deep, dark forest, because those are the kinds of forests we meet in … At the New York press junket, Tarantino said: "I'm going to wait until the film goes around the world, does what it does. Again, in the script it's all one scene. Oh, the many times in my life I have been treated "like Jerry.". Tarantino movies have a reputation for being "violent," but as the filmmaker has been saying ever since "Reservoir Dogs," his movies are basically "gabfests" in which the worst violence is more often implied than shown. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. The hilarity of that series of negotiations and killings is all about rhythm, pace and QT's delight in his stylized characters. After assisting Schultz he is given his freedom, but Django - having revealed a great talent for bounty-hunting - stays with the good doctor to form a more permanent partnership. This is an irrefutable fact: On the post-holiday weekend I'm writing, "Django" ended second at the box office with $20 million. Stephen is also, if you will, a deus, cranked down onto the stage so his realizations can cut through revelation of the secret the others share. Looks like this will be titled Django Unchained. Django Unchained is a 2012 American epic black comedy western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.It is a highly stylized variation of the spaghetti Western, which takes place in the Old West and Antebellum South.The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson, and was released December 25, 2012 in North America. From Hal Ashby to Aaron MacGruder, I can't think of too many exchanges of comic dialogue between races as mercilessly true as the one between Big Daddy and Bettina about how to treat Django. As per my usual, I’ll start the review by expressing how … How could he have even known about that? Specialising in lead fillings. The aforementioned gun battle is disappointing because it's so obviously a display of firepower, meat geysers and blood gushers designed to substitute for drama. I wanted to start unambiguously with what I see as the highlights and later segue into discussing the reservations I have about the film in its current form. As someone to whom Tarantino's dialog often sounds cliche-ridden and cutesy, it's a pleasure to hear Waltz saying the words in character rather than simply as a mouthpiece for the writer-director. Tarantino, according to Ebert is “a student and champion of exploitation films. Because that's a death. He enters into negotiations to purchase Django, who he has reason to believe may help him in finding the Brittle brothers, for reasons involving the doctor's late wife. But if not pls watch that movie if possible. Maybe it's just as well. Howard Stern praises Django Unchained and calls Quentin Tarantino a genius. His knowledge allows Tarantino to set up perfectly entertaining scenes in which it appears Schultz digs himself into holes and then escapes from them. Out of this deepness and darkness, Schultz (Christoph Waltz) appears, his lantern swinging from his wagon, which has a bobbling tooth on its roof. Stolen From Africa. Later, I found out. In an era when some filmmakers cut a single story into three films to maximize their profits, Tarantino and Rodriguez actually gave … So, in the second half of the film, the goal becomes finding Broomhilda (which turns out to be really easy to do, what with slave sales records and all), who turns out to be at the aforementioned Candyland. Django comes to see himself as Siegfried, rescuing his beloved. And while I reckon that more or less reflects my feelings about this movie, a mixture of appreciation and dissatisfaction (and my favorite critical sentence formation is always: "On the one hand this, but on the other that"), I didn't want to approach "Django Unchained" that way. • Samuel L. Jackson on the unnecessary multiple endings of Spielberg's "Lincoln": "I don't understand why it didn't just end when Lincoln is walking down the hall and the butler gives him his hat. Tag Archives: Roger Ebert Django Unchained – what the experts said. What I learned more or less confirmed what I felt while watching the movie, which reminded of the line Harvey Keitel says to Julia Sweeney in "Pulp Fiction": "Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character." But with one major character dead at the beginning of the gunfight and another at the end, Django is the only one we have any emotional investment in. (She's cartoonishly disposed of -- gone with the wind, you might say, though the angle of the shot isn't quite right.) Was this review helpful? He is an itinerant dentist who works from his little wagon, traveling the backroads of the pre-Civil War South. And filmmaking, like any creative endeavor, is the product not just of planning but of trial and error, happy accidents, last-minute problem-solving and spontaneous invention. "Django" has been criticized for its overuse of the n-word, a long-standing charge against Tarantino. Tarantino says he hears laughter in his mind. Django Unchained has generally received very positive reviews. And something's off, because the raid starts, we see clearly that it's all been staged (Schultz and Django are supposedly "sleeping" under the wagon, apparently don't hear a thing when surrounded by raiders on horseback). Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 That one, too, employed Christoph Waltz in a leading role, using his German-accented formalities to talk his way through situations. QT says his favorite movie is Sergio Leone's 1966 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," and "Django Unchained" is commonly described by fans and detractors alike as a "Spaghetti Western about slavery." The second swoon was the entire sequence at Big Daddy's plantation, Bennett Manor aka Miscegeny Heaven. It is the lesser of my movies though, and I don't ever want to make anything lesser than that." Roger Ebert (may his intrepid, movie-watching soul rest in peace) called Tarantino the “ultimate filmmaker,” in his review of Django Unchained. Video. Just as more recently in South Africa, a system in which one person rules ten is made possible by the cooperation of some of the ten. "Django Unchained" isn't my dream scenario's epic statement, but it is the loud noise atop the snow-covered mountain, the sound that will hopefully cause the avalanche. Though Ebert never wrote an official review due to ill health, he felt the movie warranted an in depth blog post during which he praised it as … End of scene. Thrill! For Tarantino, the lure of the title alone must have been irresistible, a tug in the back of his mind from those long-ago video store days. The house servant who is a manipulative person, and me, the field servant, who just wants to kick ass and kill everybody.... Also: Walton Goggins' character Billy Crash was folded into Kevin Costner's and then Kurt Russell's Ace Woody after Russell left the movie, and he still doesn't get to become much more than a generic henchman (although he does memorably take a glowing hot knife to Django's nutsack). You asked for my falling-in-love moment, and I've many to choose from, but I'll go with QT's placement of Jim Croce's I Got A Name. No more. JE: I thought the build-up was a little clumsy (Bettina's attitude should have been more naive, unassuming), but the "Like Jerry" punchline was one of my favorite moments, too. Did I miss something?]. Howard Stern praises Django Unchained and calls Quentin Tarantino a genius. But Johnson's character barely gets a chance to register (except for his final scene on horseback, where we barely even see him). Tarantino attacks at all levels. 2/5/13 "Django Unchained" has one pretty good suspense standoff in a saloon near the beginning and never tops it -- or even comes close to it. Django is sent away, but then comes back to retrieve Broomhilda, anti-anti-anti-climactically gun down the remaining Candyland clan as they return home from massah's funeral, blow up the impeccably restored Big House, and do a little dance on his horse with Broomhilda leading the applause. Tarantino's eccentric personalities tend toward the caricaturish and/or archetypal, but they're usually embellished with colorful, individualized pieces of flair. asks the slave girl giving Django the tour of Big Daddy's Bennett Manor estate), and put him atop a horse of his own. All the material that didn't make it into the movie will be part of the finished comic book story. OK, nobody's forcing anybody to see the movie and if that's the way you feel, then you sure won't want to see this one. It's both blatantly obvious and surprisingly touching. Of course, you can't judge any work by all the options that were considered but ultimately not chosen -- and virtually every screenplay (Tarantino's included) has scenes or sections that don't make it into the final cut, or that aren't even shot. Candie stages fights to the death with slaves called Mandingos, and Schultz says he wants to buy one of the fighters. His film leads us all the way to Candyland, where the odious Calvin Candie owns Django's wife Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington). (And, yes, in the script the dinner scene ended with Schultz's death and the big shootout happened at the end of the movie, during which the characters who matter were also gunned down.). Though Ebert never wrote an official review due to ill health, he felt the movie warranted an in depth blog post during which he praised it as “brilliant entertainment”. Anyway, it's the funniest scene but it's risky because the jarringly different tone can throw the movie out of whack. This is such a flamboyant film that the most challenging performance in it, the one that rubs it in the most, actually runs the risk of being overlooked. When I came home after seeing it I immediately looked up the screenplay (.pdf here), which I was sure would be available online "For Your Consideration" at The Weinstein Company web site. Consider now the curious character of Dr. King Schultz. Imagine Tarantino, his feet braced on clouds, lowering Dr. Schultz into "Django Unchained" and using him as a wonderfully useful device to guide the plot wherever it must go. He acts as butler and chief of staff at Candyland. It comes closer than Django Unchained or (God knows) The Hateful Eight. He works for that purpose, but also, in a film that condemns white racism, is also capable of seeing black racism. That's the film John Waters has described as "not only the greatest film ever made, but the greatest film that ever will be made." Few in "Django Unchained" get the opportunity to make much of an impression, with the obvious major exceptions -- Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), Django (Jamie Foxx), Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson). There's an important dramatic/thematic note to strike here -- about Django learning to master his emotions, to stay "in character" and separate his professional role from his personal reactions -- but the movie doesn't reach it. I try not to read much of anything -- reviews, publicity features, interviews, certainly not scripts -- before seeing a movie, so that I can experience it fresh, on its own terms. Django Unchained is an exhilarating rush, outrageously entertaining and, hell, just plain outrageous. But I think taking the screenplay into account is particularly important when it comes to "Django Unchained" for several reasons. That is, he makes movies that are mostly about other movies he's seen combined with things that have made him go, "I'd like to see that in a movie!" You can take this boy out of Blaxploitaion, but you can't take the Blaxploitation out of this boy. * Unfortunately for us, there isn't much to distinguish one from the other, apart from their appearance. Armond White is its least. (READ: Coverage of the year-end film critics’ awards) A pastiche that’s nearly as funny as it is long (2hr. It's as much about slavery as "Duck, You Sucker" was about the Mexican Revolution. P.S. Roger Ebert called the film a “vomit-bag of racism and perversion-mongering.” ... Corliss’s review of Inglourious Basterds) As in so many Tarantino films, the featured players, especially the villains, get the juiciest roles. As subtly as Tarantino can muster, he presents the gift of humanity to a former piece of property. The hammer, (off-screen but barely) is used by the fight's winner to finish off his opponent. How Tarantino deals with the consequences of his betrayal sets the whole ending of the film into motion, with its satisfactory Quentonian celebration of violence, explosions, all that stuff. Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 Tarantino's predecessor, Russ Meyer, also loved to saddle his characters with unexpected names; in "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens," we find Eufaula Roop, Mr. Peterbilt, Dr. Asa Lavender, Semper Fidelis, Norse Flovilla Thatch and Beau Badger. The name "von Shaft" also reflects QT's wicked fondness for bringing distracting and outlandish names into the midst of dead-serious and violent material, as sort of a signal to the audience that Tarantino knows he's treading on the edge of parody. He confirms that in some putrid sinkhole of his soul, he regards himself as white. 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This included Peter Bradshaw comparing it … Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. When QT begins a movie, I believe, his destination is to aim over the top. The same could be said for his contemplation on the director’s 2012 western Django Unchained. I personally believe Ebert will be remembered and regarded as one of the best critic's ever, and was excited for the opportunity to dissect his work. See what happens when they hang out every week here at At The Buzzer with Gary Sundt’s new comic-review hybrid, “Ebert & Armond: At The Movies”. Movies. Take Dr. Schultz's dental wagon with the big wobbling tooth on top, for instance. 4. It is not necessarily the goal of any movie to be faithful to the script. Online reviewers have written 1,151 reviews, giving Django Unchained (2012) an average rating of 84%. (I later learned that, despite eight months of production and 18 weeks of post-production, things came right down to the wire and the first screening at the DGA was delayed two days for last-minute mixing tweaks.). Foxx told The Playlist: "I still look at Quentin and go like, 'You should have kept it in the movie. Although this is by nature a quest movie, a road movie, with a picaresque, episodic structure, the set-pieces (such as they are) don't build suspense and the overall narrative feels haphazard and dramatically slack -- which is really uncharacteristic of the usually energetic and focused Tarantino. He is the classic Uncle Tom, elevated to Granduncle Thomas, Esq. Unless he's going to show Lincoln getting his brains blown out. We never look back. Django Unchained Review. As he's pointed out in numerous interviews, what really happened to slaves in America is a thousand times worse than anything in the movie. I apologize to my many readers who already know it. The moment feels to me misjudged and unearned. • Odie and Boone (that would be Odie Henderson and Steven Boone at Big Media Vandalism) loved "Django." What Tarantino has is an appreciation for gut-level exploitation film appeal, combined with an artist's desire to transform that gut element with something higher, better, more daring. We know that he is a student and champion of exploitation films. Could a black director have made 'Django'? A bigger problem is that the climax has been chopped into two anti-climaxes -- the first a giant-sized bloody blow-out and the second a half-hearted, by-the-numbers "showdown." That is Samuel L. Jackson's work as Stephen, Calvin Candie's most favored and privileged slave. ], "adult supervision is required," "pleasure doing business with you," "confidentially, 'tween us girls" [said by Candie to Schultz], and so on). One more obligatory comment about Spike Lee tweeting that he's not going to see "Django Unchained": "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. Django Unchained was released in 2012 and has generally received very positive reviews.
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