Django Unchained is Sweeeeet Sweet Bad-Assery

After watching several Tarantino films, I will now dare say that he is one helluva director and is superior to Christopher Nolan. This honorary black man really loves the movies and it shows. It is great entertainment.

By Chongchen Saelee

I never much liked Jamie Foxx’s performance in Michael Mann’s “Collateral”. He just didn’t look like he knew how to act. Then you see his full range in “Django Unchained”, and now I take it back, Foxx can act. I can’t imagine Will Smith doing this role. I also have to give my props to Tarantino as a director. Style-wise, technical-wise, and everything else wise, this is a very well made film. Tarantino is a real master of film making.

Django Unchained is, put simply, a revenge film. Take away all that slavery and racism, and at the heart of it is a man searching for freedom and trying to rescue his wife. Classic damsel-in-distress story. It’s no different were it white people. However, in the rare case, here is for the first time I’ve seen a black man fight for and rescue a black woman. There have been other blaxploitation films in the past, but it usually has to do with the black man conquering white man, and or rescuing white women. So, now back to the topic of slavery and racism, in this context (or gimmick), it’s only appropriate that Django is fighting for a black woman, his wife Broomhilda. Django and his wife are sold separately when their owners find out they are married. The second half of the film is Django rescuing her in a grand fashion.

The movie introduces us to a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter named Dr. King Schulze. He “enlists” the help of Django, a slave, who can help him identify his next bounty. Once they capture their bounty, King realizes Django has a knack for marksmanship, and he makes a deal to partner up until the winter passes, in which he’ll help Django rescue his wife. It’s interesting how Tarantino uses a third point-of-view to help set up the story. A German who isn’t so accustomed to the American culture, King tells Django the story of Siegfried and Broomhilda, having learned that Django’s wife was raised by German mistress and taught to speak it, too. It allows the audience a reference point that isn’t an established Western, so the parallel will seem more daunting and fresh.

So the story parallels Django with the German fairy-tale hero Siegfried as he rescues his beloved Broomhilda. We see Django change from timid slave to a proud hero. A lot of people will find this uplifting. Others, well, let’s just say there was a lot of awkward, buffoonish laughing the whole time I was watching this.

Foxx channels something I’ve only seen in the old Bruce Lee movies. And Spike Lee’s supposedly dislike of Tarantino might just mean that he’s a little jealous.

Anyway, I can’t go too in-depth about it, but there’s a lot of subtle stuff about it. You can learn a lot about human dynamics if you really pay attention to the details.

Highly recommend this film for movie lovers.

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