Reviews

Django Unchained (2012) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Categorization

Hyperviolent escapist Western.

Commentary

Like Dead Man (1995), Django Unchained updates content: It tries to refocus the broken Western genre on the more interesting aspects of the Antebellum US, in this case the slavery. Like Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) where Quentin Tarantino also played a small part, Django Unchained updates presentation: It adds various modern accoutrements in a haphazard fashion and with little regard for believability. Django Unchained succeeds where the others failed by delivering pure escapist wish fulfillment, exploiting the lack of believability as a signal that the film is not to be taken seriously, on a moral level or as anything other than reassuring, egotistical entertainment. It’s a slick and empty melodrama infused with Tarantino’s love of “making movies” and it works well enough, though not quite as well as Hard-Boiled (1992).

References here: The First Purge (2018), Harriet (2019).

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