Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Django Unchained (2012)

What is it about?

A freed slave with the help of a German bounty hunter heads to Mississippi to save his wife from a notoriously brutal plantation owner.

Who is in it?

Jamie Foxx - Django

Christoph Waltz - Dr. King Shultz

Leonardo DiCaprio - Calvin Candie

Favorite Scene:

After being advised that Dr. Shultz and Django were only there for Django's wife, Broomhilda Von Shaft, Calvin becomes upset and begins sawing the dead skull of the man who raised his grandfather, his father, and himself to make a point.

Favorite Quote:

Dr. King Schultz: [aiming .45-70 rifle at fleeing Ellis Brittle] You sure that's him?
Django: Yeah.
Dr. King Schultz: Positive?
Django: I don't know.
Dr. King Schultz: You don't know if you're positive?
Django: I don't know what 'positive' means.
Dr. King Schultz: It means you're sure.
Django: Yes.
Dr. King Schultz: Yes, what?
Django: Yes, I'm sure that's Ellis Brittle.
[Schultz shoots Brittle off his horse]
Django: I'm positive he dead.

Review:

Django Unchained is a very, very good movie. As always, Quentin Tarantino delivers the goods with exceptional story telling through long and heavy dialogued scenes, quirky (yet very interesting) camera angles, and of course, your heavy dose of blood and guts. 

The idea of pulling off a film depicting a hero out of a freed slave is an interesting one - something Tarantino should be applauded for attempting. When it comes to our shameful history, not many are willing to digest the details of what happened in the deep south, yet this film captured just that from the scenes, clothing and costumes, all the way to the precise language.

And speaking of language, I now see the concern and discussion when the film was released about the "N" word being used so loosely and so often. However, so were the times. Unfortunately, that's our history, and once again, Tarantino embraced it in the film to authenticate it without being PC. Kudos.

Where DU really shines is simply pure talent. Foxx. Waltz. DiCaprio. Samuel L. Jackson. Kerry Washington. All of them. Everyone. Just damn good. Seriously, just epic stuff. The acting made this film. Especially DiCaprio, who was really good in his role as Calvin Candie. 

My only gripe? The ending felt a bit rushed. After several hours of buildup, it felt like the ending came about rather quickly. It just didn't seem as developed as the main plot. But just a minor complaint. 

All in all, if you are able to set aside your unfomfortable nature regarding southern culture during the slave days in our country, the common use of the "N" word, and of course, some scenes of mass blood and gore, then you must see Django Unchained. Highly recommended.

Review: 5/5

Recently Read Posts

Dope Sports Threads - MLB Player's Weekend Gear

I love everything about MLB Player's Weekend. From the moment it was rumored way back over the winter, I have been anticipating the announcements of what I feel is baseball finally - FINALLY - looking to modernize itself. Well, at least just a bit. Baby steps.

While I love MLB Uniforms and the tradition that comes with them, I do get annoyed with the over-abundance and wacky uniforms we see from the NBA. With that said, I like the idea of keeping this to one weekend. Where it becomes sort of a spectacle. And it is thus far.

Ultimately, I like that players are getting more say so in changing the antequated mentality that baseball currently has here in the States. Regardless, I'm sure most have seen the names, the uniforms and the gear. Here are my thoughts on the ones that caught my eye:

Unpacking Thoughts on Charlottesville

This weekend has been exhausting. Despite the constant systemic injustice that is the United States of America, it's a moment like this weekend that is delivered and must be unpacked and discussed carefully in the pursuit of social justice - justice that is long deserved. 
There is plenty wrapped up in everything that is Charlottesville, Virigina. This is deep, spans back to the beginning of this nation, and is a result of current times as well. 
I'm still decompressing it all. Here are a few quick thoughts as I too wrap my mind, my emotions, and my intellect and rationale around it:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/13/17

3 Up
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - In a rough week where the real world just crushes us, the dominance of the Dodgers is one that leaves us in awe, and can take us out into something great for a few minutes. 
2. Derek Jeter The Owner - Is there anything that Derek Jeter loses at? The Captain is now part owner of the Miami Marlins, and get this - will be the first owner and CEO of color within MLB. That's HUGE. 
3. Married at 98 - These two are getting married at 98 (He's 94). How about they both workout at the gym twice-a-week, and met there. So cool in so many ways. Good for them! 
3 Down
1. Charlottesville - So many layers to this story. Hate. History. The ridiculous response from our President. And the apparent shock some in this country have that people are out there who still have this ideology. Point blank, this was terrorism. 
2. Trump and North Korea - Just before Charlottesville, Trump talked tough for absolutely no reason in a back-and-forth that unfortunately effects hund…

Pondering Picture #81

An establishment cannot uphold systemic injustice, and attempt to condemn it, simultaneously.

My prayers (and of course my thoughts...so many thoughts) are with Charlottesville, Virgina, and the many people of color who have endured through these scenes and images over the course of history.