This movie makes a very good point about racism. Mostly that it is either born from ignorance, as most of the racist characters in this movie are shown to be a bunch of stupid assholes, or that it is just evil, as Leo diCaprio’s character is to his very core. Something I was surprised at with diCaprio, though was just how well he played the character in this movie. I suppose I shouldn’t have been after just watching the Aviator. But I think this really shows that diCaprio can really get into character. Though maybe that’s Tarantino’s work at play. He is the modern day Kubrick, not in that their movies are anything alike, but you know that Quentin Tarantino is going to get the shot he wants in the movie. Nothing is on screen that isn’t meant to be there.
But, even though diCaprio does such a great job of being evil, he does nothing to compare when we meet the true villain of this movie, Samuel L. Jackson’s character as a slave who is so broken he acts like one of the slavers. At one point, Christoph Waltz tells Jamie Foxx that he has to act as a black slaver, the lowest of the low, and though Django is only acting, Jackson’s character feels like he’s as bad as the character Waltz describes.
Something else that’s a staples of Tarantino’s, as it should be because he does it so well, is choreographing his cinematography and the music he uses in the film. It’s like watching some of the goriest music videos ever all in a row. It’s great though, as long as you don’t mind the blood and guts.
I feel that this is an unofficial sequel to Inglourious Basterds. Though they are very different movies when considered in parts, as a whole they feel very similar. One is about Jews killing Nazis and this is about a black man killing slavers. They are both heroic stories of a dark part of history and things we all wish we could have been a part of. Who doesn’t wish they could have killed Nazis or slavers? They are the true embodiment of evil and watching them die has never been more fun than in these two films.
Though there’s still slavers in parts of the world. Maybe we could kill them?…Just kidding, don’t kill people (unless they piss you off).
Why it’s on the list: It’s a Tarantino film, so you can expect something in its own style, part homage to the films of his youth yet in a style all its own. I don’t know if you can find a better director living today, and this film only goes to show how far he has perfected his craft, and this may be the best film he’s made so far (though you could argue that about any of his movies, even Jackie Brown! Okay, maybe not Jackie Brown…).