Django Unchained is the Ultimate Slave Fantasy Flick…and this is not a compliment


Saw Django Unchained today and I have heard the hype and the movie lived up to some of it. Gratuitous violence is liberally sprinkled throughout the film and after you see it you will say this is a true understatement. A love story is the thin, tenuous thread that keeps the movie moving, but the thread is so frayed midway the film it ceases to exist. You know when you go to a Quentin Tarantino movie that you are going to see violence, but it was clear from the beginning that this film was not about slavery it was a violent film meant solely for entertainment. What also was striking was the reaction that some of the audience members had to the violence. Some of the more graphic scenes were greeted with laughter, hooting, hollering and in some cases applause. In some ways the audience reactions were even more jarring than the film narrative. It was worth seeing, but go in with your eyes wide open and leave your reason on the shelf at home. This movie is pure fantasy and it is interesting to see fantasy frosted with cold blooded revenge. It is not a pretty site, but that does not mean that it is a sight that should not be seen. When the film ends you are left wondering who won or is that really the point.

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