Django Unchained, a belated review (and an incidental look at Kerry Washington’s Scandal)

Watched Django Unchained, yeah, I know its been out nearly a year, but I bought my first microwave over in 1984, and 1st read To Kill a Mockingbird in about 2000, so staying on the cutting edge of pop culture isnt my thing, anyway.

As to the movie, really enjoyed it, not sure why Quint’s blood and gore didnt bother me here as much as it does in his other movies. I like him and think I share a lot of his values and tastes, but I hated Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs so much I wasnt in a hurry to try this one. I am not a big fan of any of the cast members, or I should say I wasnt.

Scandal Kerry Washington 2

I wasnt until we started watching Scandal, an ABC TV show that Suzanne and I have become fond of. Part of the attraction is the lead, a beautiful young lady named Kerry Washington. and while the main reason to watch scandal is the story, Kerry is pretty enough to look at that when Suzanne suggested watching the boy from Chattanooga’s latest offering, I agreed.

I have a few complaints, one Kerry did not spend near enough time in front of the camera, though her character inspires the action in the plot, and two, in the end i dont know where they go from Candyland, because free or not, Django had just killed off half the white population of the county.

Also, I tend to agree with Roxane Gay who challenged the premise of Django Unchained as a “black man’s slavery revenge fantasy” film by arguing that it is “a white man’s slavery revenge fantasy, and one in which white people figure heavily and where black people are, largely, incidental. Django is allowed to regain his dignity because he is freed by a white man. He reunites with his wife, again, with the help of a white man. Django Unchained isn’t about a black man reclaiming his freedom. It’s about a white man working through his own racial demons and white guilt.” (from the link below)

Also agree there is at least some truth to the view that this movie uses the story of slavery to entertain us with violence, and especially gore. having said that, i enjoyed it, and recommend it, which make sit the very first Terantino film i could say that for.

Keeping in mind that i generally hate both TV shows and movies, getting a passing grade from me should tell you that both Scandal and Django are worth watching, either that, or they appeal to people who dont like movies or TV….


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2 Responses to Django Unchained, a belated review (and an incidental look at Kerry Washington’s Scandal)

  1. mark heyne says:

    Hi Tony. I saw this a while ago, and wouldn’t bother to re_watch it. As for 12 years a slave, i have avoided it so far, I can’t handle harrowing emotions, not voluntarily anyway!

    • agreed, on the avoiding the harrowing stuff. I have watched or read many such stories and can no longer bear it. I think Django, for whatever reason, wasn’t so much that, it had more of a Scarface feel to it.

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