Pinkocrat

Django Unchained thoughts

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Loved it!

(spoilers)

-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.

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Written by pinkocrat

January 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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