DJANGO Unchained: A Slave Turned Superhero in My Book
I used to watch movies like Roots, and I would be mad for about a month about the treatment of my ancestors in captivity. I would find myself livid at these beautiful black faces, men, women, and children undergoing harsh punishment all because the color of their skin. I love watching movies that told the stories of those who came before us, although it was sad, their plight was motivating and inspiring to me, as well as many others today. They taught us to be greater and better than they ever could. They went through so much, and fought so hard to give us the rights, that so many of us take for granted. However, through all of these movies and books that I’ve read, most often it seemed almost impossible that their circumstances would make a difference, until they turned out victorious in the end.
In walks this film, by one of my favorite film Directors, Quentin Tarantino. I have been a fan back in the days of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. I make it my business to see his films as often as I can. I love how he thinks, and how he conveys a message as raw and outspoken as possible in order to entertain and ignite some emotion. Django Unchained, did just that! Bursting into flames with criticism regarding its heavy use of the “N” word (Nigga: for those of you who are under a rock), this movie was heavily disparaged by my other favorite writer and Director Spike Lee, who felt this movie was disrespectful to his ancestors and the black community. Although, I heard the comments made by Spike Lee, and even the random comments made by Katt Williams, I still wanted to check the film out for myself. I’m glad I did, too!
There is no doubt that this is the best film of 2012 in my opinion and it made me see my enslaved ancestors in a completely new way. This movie made what most would assume, an ordinary slave, into an extraordinary individual who refused to embrace any form of fear. He was a superhero slave, for a lack of a better description. Even other characters in the movie looked in awe at how much… SWAG, this man had. I know, we all hate that word, but he had an attitude and aura about him that set him so far apart from the other slaves. I have never seen a movie that depicted a black cowboy in such a way, which spoke volumes to me. I was touched by the character Dr. Shultz and his humorous and charismatic way of being the “bad” good guy, and his friendship with Jamie Foxx’s character Django, which was played phenomenally. I was engrossed in the beauty of Kerry Washington, and her love for Django. I wish they would have let her shoot somebody, but that’s just the bad ass in me. I even liked Leonardo DiCaprio’s character (Mr. Candy), and how he played the bad guy so well. Despite being the most racist and sick person in the movie, he made me laugh with his interaction with Samuel L. Jackson’s character. Everyone knows Samuel L. is my uncle in my head, so he was the vehicle that got me to buy two tickets (twice) for this amazing film. Samuel L. had me laughing so hard, I wished that he could get a spin-off movie, but unfortunately he had to die… with his “uncle-tom” behind. LOL
*If you watched Boondocks, like ever, you would be especially amused by Samuel L. Jackson character.
People may groan about the use of the “N” word, but I say to that, isn’t that the word used towards slaves by white people during that time? Sit down. Quentin has a way of getting into the minds, no matter how low, of audiences and delivers the message of the movie, the way the public wants to receive it. It’s foolish to believe that because that man isn’t black that he can’t create work about us that we can’t still appreciate. I was engrossed in the storyline and felt compelled to root for both Django and Dr. Shultz all the way to the end. I loved it. I love movies like this. It was so inspiring, but also entertaining in all the right ways. The soundtrack was also something to be applauded. I was about to hit the roof when I heard Rick Ross at one point in the film, jumping in my seat, thinking this is the only western film that I can rock with. I even love that it’s long as hell; because it is so entertaining, I didn’t want it to stop. Quentin kills it every time. This man had me wanting to be Beatrice Kiddo for a whole year after seeing Kill Bill (both volumes), so I’m a huge fan all the way.
I suggest you make it your business to see this film, if you haven’t already. It’s so great.
Release date: December 25, 2012 (USA)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Running time: 180 minutes
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Cons: I didn’t like seeing a big fake green penis hanging off Jamie Foxx when he was captured. That was bizarre and unnecessary. If Quentin wasn’t going to provide him with a penis double, then he should have forgone the penis shot all together. I know a fake penis when I see one. Smh
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- Django Unchained Grosses $100 Million At The Box Office (hiphopwired.com)
- Blacks tweet about killing white people after seeing Django Unchained (eradica.wordpress.com)
- Spike Lee Says ‘Django Unchained’ Is ‘Disrespectful’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Quentin Tarantino not ‘wasting time’ over Spike Lee (telegraph.co.uk)
- Slaves For Sale: “Django Unchained” Action Figures Released (newsone.com)
- Django: A Tad Unhinged (acculturated.com)
- Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained (Statuesque) (popmatters.com)
- Quentin Tarantino altered Django Unchained shoot for Jonah Hill (hollywood.com)