Django Unchained (2012) and Star Wars

Starting off there has been some new Star Wars news regarding the spin-off movies that will be released in between the new trilogy. They will be according to Disney’s CFO the films will be origin stories, they have already announced that Han Solo and Boba Fett will feature in one of them.  Also there will be a new animated tv series Star Wars Rebels set between Episodes III and IV and it seems like the long awaited live action series might be progressing further if Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is a hit this fall.

Django Unchained is the latest movie by Quentin Tarantino and is a homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of yore. It is a classic Tarantino film with violence, bad language and an eclectic soundtrack. The film earned both Tarantino( original Screenplay) and Christoph Waltz (Supporting Actor) their second Academy Awards. This movie tells the story of Django and Dr. Schultz as they work together as bounty hunters and then as they travel to reunite Django with his wife Brunhilda. I liked how they mixed in the Norse myth (later Wagner’s Ring Cycle) into the story.

Some people have complained about the language and the amount of violence that is depicted in the movie but for the language part, the N-word was common place term in the deep south in 1858. So this complaint really falls on deaf ear, it’s like a movie set in NY in the early 1900s is bound to have loads of ethnic slurs for Jews, Italians, Irish and the Polish. The violence got negative reviews in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, yet it seems that more and more movies are going into a darker/more violent place. This can be seen as how much we have been desensitized to violence. I think I would be more surprised if there wasn’t gun violence in a movie. Nevertheless I enjoyed the movie like I have with all the other Tarantino films I’ve seen.

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