Django Unchained thoughts
-Tarantino got mixed-race American audiences to cheer for a black man slaughtering white racists. It’s like Inglourious Basterds with a (sadly, still) more sympathetic target.
-The white partner/mentor dies so the black hero can save the day on his own. Schultz’s takedown of the Southern ruling class’ pretensions to civilization is effective if a bit clumsy (Schindler’s List, of all films, juxtaposed classical music with barbarism with more subtlety).
-By making the only intelligent and sympathetic white character a foreigner, Tarantino avoided the ahistorical virtue of an Atticus Finch. Poor Southern whites are generally shown as ignoble dupes of the planter elite, even if a few realize they can’t see shit in those hoods.
-These are Tarantino’s weakest roles for women since Reservoir Dogs. None of their decisions are of consequence to the plot.