Django Unchained: Where I Stand

"Aye Richard... Richards, if you're in here raise your hand.  Richard! The movie is about to start. Oh Merry Christmas everybody". As the lights dimmed in the theater, that was the ratchery I heard waiting for  Django to commence.


The opening scene of Django hit the screen, I was instantly taken aback.  What I thought to be a solemn moment was soundtracked but an upbeat western themed Django by Luis Bacalov.  I thought "Wow, this opening scene would be completey difference if meloncholy song accompanied the opeening scene".  This should have set the tone of the film for me.  It should have been a clear indication that Django was not a "Roots" like movie.

As the movie progressed there were scenes I laughed, others I cringed and one in particular I cried.  The man yelling out Richard's name prior to the start of the movie should have hinted the demographic of the attendees. The crowd laughed, talked back to the movie as if the characters could hear and react and they laughed at parts of the movie I did not think were comical or should been made comical.

My friend reminded me "this is a Quentin Tarantino movie. You have to expect it".  Honestly, I didn't know what that even meant.  I can only recall seeing one Quentin Tarantino film other than Django, Kill Bill.  So maybe I could not relate or appreciate the humor of the movie. 


I loved the parts of the movie Django whooped arse but the revolutionary activist in me got angry all over again watching dogs pull apart a man. I know, I know, this is stuff that really happened.  But maybe that is what made me upset.  The ultimate piss me off moment... watching Django hanging upside down with some muzzle like device on his face awaiting the most emasculating endeavor a man can experience.  Two women down in the front of the theater cackled throughout the entire scene. Tears rolled down my face.  In the midst of what wasn't supposed to be a movie about slavery, there were some very real slavery moments.  People actually endured these heinous acts.  It was heartbreaking to say the least. 


Was the movie good? Aside from coming in with the expectation the movie was more serious than it actually turned out to be, yes.  The acting was incredible.  I could not have imagined anyone else playing Django.  Unsurprisingly, Kerry Washington was 
superb! Uncle Ruckus, Steven, Samuel Jackson was dope.  I have to make sure I do not dislike him for being the official sell out of the movie.  It was just a character Minah.  One has to leave the theater and think about how the actors interacted on set, between each scene.  Leo DiCaprio was too believable.  Django was a love story ultimately.  For all those who love westerns, it was definitely a shoot 'em up.  All in all it was a great film.

Spike Lee and others slammed Django Unchained.  Lee said that the film is "disrespectful to my ancestors."  He chose not to see the film in honor of them.  I can understand his perspective whole heartedly.  After watching the movie I was conflicted; do I like this damsel in distress western or do I dislike this somewhat mockery if what our ancestors experienced? I guess what you see really depends on where you are standing. I am standing in the middle.