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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Report Card---"Django Unchained"

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is everything I like about a Quentin Tarantino
movie that I like.
Like "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown".
And unlike those that I can't bear to watch, or felt betrayed by, like "Kill Bill"
and "Inglourious Basterds"
It's got your usual great, over-the-top-gratuitous violence, your great homage to classic movie genres, your classic using actors who he used in other of his movies, your wonderful digging up actors who you haven't seen for quite a while....it's got it all.
That, and a wonderfully entertaining movie on every level.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Always.
A+.

Compelling even?

Totally.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Not an issue. It's merely entertaining.
No Grade.

Is it a story worth telling?

Sure.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Excellent.
A+.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?

It works really well on all these levels.
A+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Just right.
A+.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Tarantino always seems to merely flirt with believeability, and does so here.
But he still gets you to care about the main characters.
A.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It is predictable. And only surprises you in how it is resolved.
Not THAT it is resolved.
B+.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

It's designed to only entertain, so no.
No Grade.

Is it funny?

Often.
A.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

It depends on your budget.
A.

Is it impressive ?

Extremely.
A+.

Overall grade: A.

It certainly deserves its nomination, and certainly does not deserve to win.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at macchus999@aol.com. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."