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I saw it this past weekend and absolutely loved it. I am rarely disappointed with Tarrantino, especially when he gets it in his mind to have a conversation. Deathproof, Kill Bill vo. 2, Inglourious Bastards, and Pulp Fiction are my favorites. I
I saw it this past weekend and absolutely loved it. I am rarely disappointed with Tarrantino, especially when he gets it in his mind to have a conversation. Deathproof, Kill Bill vo. 2, Inglourious Bastards, and Pulp Fiction are my favorites. I honestly believe he is one of the best writers in Hollywood today. I mean, stand him right next to Aaron Sorkin, good.
I was in love with the language play, and I felt that the characters were created to represent so much, and yet still felt incredibly vivid and engaging.
Cool fact about the balls this crew had... The scene where Leonardo DiCaprio slams his hand into a glass and cuts it, is real. He ended up getting stitches from his pinky to his wrist. But when they were filming, it happened, and Leo and Quentin both shared a, "Holy crap, we had better be filming this," moment and went with it. It was never intended to be a bloody scene, and his movement choices changed completely, and he used that hand almost exclusively. The instinct to terrify the actress's character with it was brilliant and horrifying.
There were a number of scenes that were a bit too graphic for me, the dogs in particular, but I felt that he was actually doing history a great deal of justice. He was being very honest and very upfront about a very dark time. The violence being a bit much for many viewers to handle is actually a great move on the director's part. He's telling us, it's good that this bothers you, this is what separates you from them.
I loved the western feeling behind it all. There were times when I felt as if he was playing homage to some of my favorite westerns; specifically, Blazing Saddles, Unforgiven, Fistful of Dollars. The scenery was used to the fullest, per usual, and the costuming and makeup was excellent.
I could gush on and on, but as a film and literature nut, I really loved this film. Tarrantino and I always seem to get along.
I agree with most everything you said, but in ways I still think he is a bit overrated. I did notice Leonardo's hand bleeding and wondered WTF happened. I didn't recall seeing him hit anything sharp. Makes sense now.
(Don't read if you plan to see the movie). That means you Stormy
The movie did stick with me in good and bad ways for a good 24hrs at least. I was still talking about it and am now and that is good. The audience applauded at the end (something that happens on rare occasions). I don't mind violence to make a point or to make you feel the pain. I just don't like Jerry Bruckheimer type over the top type CGI ridiculous stunts and explosions all the time. I did feel the tension throughout the movie (well 2/3rds of it). The dialogue, camerawork,editing, cinematography, acting were definitely top notch. Dialogue and camera work are definitely Tarrantino's forte IMO. When Django was about to get castrated, I recalled The ear scene in Reservoir dogs, but was glad it turned out differently.
I just think I didn't care for the plot turn, the inconsistent character behaviors and the "over the top" shootout. Sure there were some laughs and that was fine, but the firestorm of bullets and endless influx of white guys coming through the door of the plantation was unnecessary (where did they all come from all the sudden anyway?_) Candieland the plantation seemed to be a good ride away from the big house. It was like a good movie turned video game at that point.
I could nitpick and complain about the inconsistent scenery locations too (one minute in the golden california hills, the next in Missisippi plains). One minute in the rockies, the next in Tennessee. Kinda reminded me of Dukes of Hazard.
The handshake thing, just seemed like a Typical Tarrantino ploy. (ie: the watch in pulp fiction, Swords in Kill bill). Not that there had to be a happy gushy ending, but it sorta came out of the blue and seemed uncharacteristically reckless what ensued.
The mandango fighting idea seemed really stupid and the scene fighting in the parlor seemed out of place (they would have torn up that room fighting for their lives). Surely they could have just rolled in and offered a few grand for the slave in the first place. The German speaking bit would have been reason enough ( to go alone as well). So from that standpoint, the plot seemed contrived to me. I felt Dr Shultz was too cool and calculating to have done what he did. Even he said taking Django to Candieland was too dangerous. He was always a step or two ahead of any foe up until then.
I'm not sure it was necessary to kill the 3 aussies either, when he could have used them as pawns. He was after the girl, not the money.
For the record, I loved Pulp Fiction (saw 3 times in theater), Reservoir dogs, Jackie Brown. Inglorious Basterds was ok. Four rooms not good, Kill Bill I caught bits of, but wasn't into it. Grindhouse didn't interest me in the least.