Saturday, January 12, 2013

Django Unchained (2012) - Mini Review.

Lincoln is a high drama feel good movie about ending the evil of slavery. Django, similarly, is a drama about the evil of slavery, but it's in this Western format-- the American tradition genre of revenge and so, like Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, becomes a feel-good film by taking a moment of history rife with behavior that his contemporaries would universally refer to as culturally despicable, and giving it expression not by creating an epic, but by creating a minor work, focused on a few intimately portrayed characters and filled visceral, stylistic violence which betrays the director's hatred of the cultural institution in which the plot is set.

The long and short of it? You can't help but wince and you can't help but clap.

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