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Written by Golda
(1/23/2013 1:04 p.m.)
I saw this Quentin Tarantino film last night. In keeping with most of his films, it contains gratuitous violence. A lot of it. So much so, I wonder what I was thinking when I suggested this option at the multiplex.
In addition to the gore, which has a rather exaggerated redness and spray to it, there is also some painful cruelty because the story takes place in the pre Civil War (1858) South and slavery is very much part of the scene. If you can get past all this, it's a good story and it is worth seeing for the acting including Christoph Waltz, Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson. There is also humour injected here and there, although I think I laughed more than my friend. I might chalk that up to our different nationalities though.
The film was very long - 2 hr 45 minutes and I was ready to go. At one point, I thought it was over, although it would have been an unsatisfying ending due to the uncertainty. But no, the blank screen moved to the next scene and I probably sat for what felt like another 30 minutes. The film could use some editing and I can identify the scenes where it was required. On the other hand, I suppose the length of a fight scene is what makes you so uncomfortable.
I would have been happier watching this on a 40" screen to get the point of the story without the gore in-my-face and larger than life.
Has anyone else seen Django Unchained? What did you think?
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