First ‘Django Unchained’ Reactions Praise Tarantino’s Funny & Violent Western

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Several November releases (Lincoln, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook) have a lot of momentum heading into the last month of 2012, as far as Oscar prospects are concerned. However, there are also a handful of December flicks shaping up as strong contenders, including the latest films from Oscar-winners Tom Hooper (Les Misérables), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained).

A select few got an early look at Les Miz and ZDK back during the Thanksgiving holiday frame – and now, we also have the first reactions to Tarantino’s spaghetti western throwback (following on the heels of an action-packed final trailer).

Django was screened for an audience primarily composed of Directors Guild of America (DGA) members – such as filmmaker Rian Johnson (Looper) – however, certain members of the press (like the New York Post‘s Lou Lumenick) were also present. /Film rounded up Tweets from several prominent names and Hollywood insiders in attendance, with the consensus as follows:

  • Django Unchained is a very funny and very violent homage to the spaghetti western genre.
  • Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio are the standouts in a cast that delivers great performances all around.
  • The film runs somewhere around 2 hours and 40 minutes long, but it feels shorter.
  • Tarantino nods to Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles as much as he does serious westerns by the likes of Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and Sergio Corbucci (Django).
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Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Django Unchained’

In summary, it sounds as though Django Unchained is the quintessential Tarantino film we’ve been expecting for some time, based on early script impressions and the sizzle reel footage shown at Comic-Con. Furthermore, that makes Django and Silver Linings Playbook the rare darkly comical and offbeat Oscar hopefuls this season, setting them apart from the more serious awards-baiting titles currently in theaters (or arriving in the near future).

For the uninitiated: here is the basic setup for Django Unchained (go here for the full synopsis), followed by the trailer:

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Django Unchained opens in theaters on Christmas Day 2012.


Source: /Film

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  1. AKA Tarantino for the 4th or 5th film in a row successfully uses another coagulation of other people’s ideas and somehow manages to be praised again for his perceived uniqueness.

    • If it’s so simple, why can’t anybody else do it?

      • Not everyone has had the luxury of sitting in their basement for five years watching genre films

        • Please @WolvoMS explain how other film makers do not do the exact same thing? Most if not all film makers borrow ideas, styles, designs, writing styles, etc from other films. Tarantino is one film maker who actually acknowledges that he does it and refers to it as a homage. I just love how you over simplify the whole process. Please do show us your work.

          • +2!

          • First of all, there are a lot of very similar ideas out there; it all depends on how you depict or bring that idea/story about. How many iterations of a story have we seen before thousands and thousands of time. It’s your delivery that makes you stand out…

        • +100!

    • Unique is relative in an age where so much has already been done. What great films in recent years can you name that weren’t to a degree inspired by their predecessors? Or even borrowed elements from the same?

      I had to look up coagulation for the exact definition, although I think I knew what you meant. Looking at the definitions, though, it makes me wonder if you knew what it meant.

      • Cloud Atlas!

    • I agree. A lot of his movies have potential, but they’re just so Tarantinoesque. He is his own biggest fan. He needs to stop making “Homages” and do something of his own. He just likes riffing on cult movies and pretending that his blockbuster successes are the same thing.

      • Though I agree to some extent, i feel like he is almost tired of making films. He said himself he would be happy retiring with only 10 films under his belt. I believe tarintino is one of the many director that always gets critical praise for films that arent that special. Pulp fiction, inglorious bastards and resivour dogs are great films. But kill bill and jackie brown are overrated imo.

        • HOLY COW! How can anyone say Kill Bill is overrated? Kill Bill vol. I is one of tarantino’s best. I’m not all that much of a fan of Vol II but Vol. I was amazing

    • AKA Tarantino for the 4th or 5th film in a row successfully pays homage to film genres that he loves.


      He is a film geek. No one owns the rights to Westerns of any variety (or Kung Fu flicks, War Movies, Crime Stories). His love of the material shows through in the end product. There are quick cash ins and rip offs of other people’s work, and it quite clear when that is the case. Then there is homage. There IS a difference. Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

      • Sergio Leone called, he wants all his filming techniques and Ennio Morricone back

        • u do realize that nothing original has come out of hollywood for years right? Also, how is QT’s homages any different from other westerns who all do the obligatory homage to Leone? sounds like you have a problem with QT and not the movie.


    • James Cameron did a small movie called Avatar a few years ago that was critically acclaimed and he just stole from Dances With Wolves and Pocahontas. Directors do it all the time, Tarantino just admits it.

    • +1 , I’m not a QT fan. I think his films are pretentious [or do we still call them homages?] and I think he sucks as a human being. [sorry for the personal attack]

    • Why would you not be a fan of your work or love your work

  2. Crap Crap Crap, Taranstealo likes to take creative ideas and use it as his own. How this guy keeps on getting to do what he does surprises me, but then again it’s Hollywood. The land of make believe and take movie ideas from other countries for money haha!

    • I think he makes great movies, even though they are derived from movies in the past. He at least does something original and overly violent with it. Better than aaallllllll the sequels, prequels, reboots and spin-offs that are overflowing our movie-theaters.

      I agree on the Hollywood part though. Remaking Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Let Me In, Taxi, etcetera is nonsense. If they do it to Intouchables they can go get hit by lightning.

  3. Let’s all jump on a band wagon!!

    What about converting books to film? Is that now not allowed because it is unoriginal? (Please don’t berate me for the Twilight movies, I didn’t say that book conversion films were good! ;-) )

  4. Would film better off without QT films? The answer is no. Most QT haters are pretentious wannabe directors who are mad that a film geek video store clerk started directing movies. They need to channel their butthurt at something that doesn’t help people discover classic film and composers and stop acting like they even saw the films he nods to before he did.

  5. Don’t forget, Quentin also wrote Natural Born Killers. A cult classic in it’s own right.