Been dying to see this for months. The reviews so far have been fairly positive, and the film's even been nominated for four NAACP Image Awards and 5 Golden Globes (including Leo DiCaprio, for Best Supporting Actor). I'm ecstatic that it's 180 minutes in length (2 hours, 40 minutes)!
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Django Unchained Review Roundup: Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti-Western Bloodbath Ropes In Smitten Critics | E! Online
Black Filmmaker Surprised by 'Django Unchained'
Jamie Foxx's Django and Sam Jackson's Stephen are two of the most nuanced, real, raw and entertaining black characters ever filmed. Foxx has the courage to begin his character as a vulnerable, beaten and heartbroken slave who gradually grows into an unforgettable and instantly iconic American folk hero. Jackson's Stephen (a play on Stepin Fetchit) is easily one of the most audacious and ultimately brilliantly surprising performances of his career.
Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Reignites Debate Over N-Word In Movies - The Hollywood Reporter
With over 110 utterances of the word in his new slave-western, Tarantino re-sparks a decades-long discussion over racism, art and the fine line between.
In Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino does not try to continue the slow unpacking of America’s long legacy of slavery and subsequent racism; instead, he plants a stick of dynamite in the country’s baggage and detonates it all over the screen.
The writer/director’s new film, a spaghetti western set in the south two years before the Civil War, stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who is purchased and freed by a German bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz. The pair ride through the southern panhandle taking down criminals for cash, before ultimately heading to the plantation owned by a Leonardo DiCaprio of mustache-twirling evil to free Django’s wife.
In total, the dialogue is peppered with over 110 instances of the n-word, uttered by both racist whites and black characters. It is used as an insult, a proper noun, and as throwaway filler. Whether it’s a sign of how far the nation has come in its race relations, or an indication of how much progress is left to be made, the use of the word has stirred debate a full two weeks before the film even hits theaters.
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