D.J.A.N.G.O… THE D IS SILENT
There isn’t a movie directed by Quentin Tarantino out there that I don’t love unconditionally. The man has simultaneously entertained and inspired me for decades. Beyond his films, the man himself is an encyclopedia of film knowledge and a testament to the passion you need to create something wonderful. He could create a TV show where he just sat there talking about and reviewing movies and it would dominate prime time ratings… (In my house at least.)
The man simply knows how to create solid movies with incredible characters. He knows how to inject his films with a style that makes him one of the coolest directors of all time.
When a new Quentin Tarantino movie is released, it’s like Christmas for me. (When it’s released on Christmas my brain explodes) Since it’s release on December 25th, I’ve been strategically searching show times every single day without success. Until now… It took a few weeks but I finally got to see the newest movie by Quentin Tarantino: Django Unchained.
The second I saw the font and musical choices he made in the film’s opening I smiled ear to ear.
“It doesn’t happen often but right now I’m watching a brand new Tarantino movie!”
Eventually, new movies must be able shine on their own. You don’t automatically ‘love’ a movie just because of the director. It may get you in the door but ultimately it’s up to the story to hold your interest. (I thought M. Night Shyamalan would never miss back in the day. I’m not comparing the two directors, I’m just saying sometimes you can be disappointed.)
Thankfully, Django Unchained is a brilliant movie and another spectacular notch in Mr. Tarantino’s legendary career. The film is packed with amazing characters that will definitely take their place along side Quentin’s most famous creations. Honestly, I thought Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie should have appeared sooner. He shows up sooner and we get a longer visit with Samuel Jackson’s brilliantly evil Stephen. I’m also a big fan of the sequence involving Jonah Hill. There are so many characters and moments worth mentioning. Everything I expected from Quentin and more.
Side Comment: I’m a big fan of James Remar. Butch Pooch and Ace Speck are wonderful characters but is there a story behind the actor appearing twice in the film? I found a few theories online that Quentin wanted to reuse actors to make it feel like an old school movie when actors and budgets were at a minimum. Interesting to say the least.
Django Unchained is one of those rare films that starts out GREAT and just keeps getting better. It is a lengthy movie with a couple slower sequences but these are minor complaints. Overall, I think Django Unchained is one of the best movies of 2012 and I can’t wait to see what Quentin Tarantino comes up with next. Until then, if you’re in the UK, you can access a huge catalogue of Quentin Tarantino movies at www.lovefilm.com. In addition to the films he produced and/or directed you’ll also find movies he’s featured in.
I recommend watching his movies in the following order:
QUENTIN TARANTINO MOVIE RANKINGS
8. Death Proof
7. Jackie Brown
6. Kill Bill vol. 1
5. Django Unchained
4. Kill Bill vol. 2
3. Inglourious Basterds
2. Resevoir Dogs
1. Pulp Fiction
What’s your favorite Tarantino movie?