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Good but I expected better, 3.5 stars,
This review is from: Django Unchained (Blu-ray + UV Copy)  (Blu-ray)
This latest effort from Quentin Tarantino is better than 'Inglorious Basterds' for sure but is nowhere near 'Pulp Fiction' or even 'Kill Bill'. I won't go on too much about the story but basically a bounty hunter frees a slave who then wants to find his wife. It is a decent story but this movie is too long by at least twenty minutes. Indeed, the movie should have ended way before it did as the final fifteen minutes or so felt like an add on.
There is the usual dose of blood splattered vilolence towards the end from Tarantino which is done with tongue in cheek and the acting is sound throughout especially from Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio and Samuel L Jackson. There are also several noteworthy cameos from the likes of Don Johnson and Franco Nero. By far the worst performance is from the director himself who is awful in a small part. Stick behind the camera Quentin!!
'Django Unchained' is for the most part entertaining and I would veer towards a mark of 3.5 if I could. But on reflection it goes on too long and if it ended sooner then I would probably have awarded four stars.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2013 11:57:44 GMT
Mr. E. A. Dobson says:
I agree & disagree with your review.I agree the film is too long & better than Inglorious.Also as you mentioned the performances are first rate,i have never had much praise for Jamie Foxx but he is v good in this.I think the film falls apart with Waltz/Dicaprio`s exit.And finally i totally agree regarding the directors own acting ability,i`m just glad his screen time was minimal.My only real disagreement is i would give the film 4 stars(i enjoyed it overall more than you did) and for me it was better than his Kill Bill films.Incidentally the one thing i wasn`t looking forward to was Don Johnson but he surprised me & features in one of the films funniest scenes(there was no need for Jonah Hill though).
Posted on 24 May 2013 21:23:17 BDT
The film did not seem too long at all to me. I cannot think of one scene which dragged or failed to add value to the film. The dialogue scenes in Django (and IB) are often extremely tense - the same cannot always be said about Pulp Fiction. There are several scenes in that film which seem pretty tedious and I find the constant pop culture references pretty dull really.
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