Countdown to the Oscars: Django Unchained

Reunited and it feels so good…

Back together again, Director Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz, both nominated for their work in 2009’s Inglorious Basterds, share the silver screen again in Best Picture Nominee, Django Unchained.

Django is the story of an unlikely partnership between a German bounty hunter (Waltz) and a slave (Jamie Foxx) to collect bounties on several criminals, and ultimately find and rescue Foxx’s wife (Kerry Washington), a slave owned by one of the most ruthless plantation owners in the south (Leonardo DiCaprio).

I must admit, I have a crush on Christoph Waltz.  I love his acting, he’s brilliant, and I adore the sound of his voice.  He is quickly earning a slot in my Top 10 Cinematic Men Crush List.  Right up there with Gabriel Byrne and Jeremy Irons!  Rrrrawr!  The fact that we share the same birthday is further evidence that we must be kindred spirits!

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Waltz could very likely earn a second Oscar with this role!  His portrayal of Dr. King Schultz, bounty hunter and civil rights advocate, is equal parts charm and business sense.

In true Tarantino form, this film is quite gory.  But I’m a fan of his style, so I was one of those people in the theater seats shouting, “Oooooh, snap!

It also has a killer soundtrack, as all his films do.  If I had to compare the emotion of this film to anything, I’d say it’s like attending a tea party where everyone is loaded up like Rambo and when the bullets run out, get ready to break a dish and saucer someone’s a**!

Critics hailed the film for its different take on slavery.  At the heart of Django’s mission, he must pretend to be the worst kind of man there is; he must pretend to be a black slave seller.  In order to get close to Calvin Candie (DiCaprio) and his plantation, Django (Foxx) has to act as a scout for the toughest, strongest black slaves who can be sold into fighting.  In Django’s world, no one is more despised than a black slave seller.

While I loved the film, I sadly don’t think it’s a contender for the ultimate prize of Best Picture.  I am hoping that Christoph Waltz takes home the Best Supporting Actor title and that he calls me to thank him for my unwavering support and would I like to go out for dinner?

Eh-hem…  As I was saying, such a well made movie!  I highly encourage you to see it!  Still, I’m betting my bucks on Lincoln or Les Mis to take home the Oscar!

Are you a Tarantino fan?  What’s your favorite flick of his?  Have you seen Django Unchained yet?  What did you think?  Who are you rooting for at the Oscars?

13 responses

  1. Yes, I’m a Tarantino fan and still like “Pulp Fiction” best.

    As far as “Django Unchained,” I’ve heard mixed reviews. Somebody at work hated it, but another person loved it. I’m with you…I still think “Lincoln” is going to take the big prize.

    1. I bet you’ll like Django Unchained a lot. You strike me as a fellow Christoph Waltz fan…but you can’t have him! He’s mine!

      1. I enjoyed his work in Inglorious Basterds, for sure. Don’t worry…you can keep him. I’m more of a DiCaprio guy myself!

        Err…I mean…

  2. Just unsubscribed and resubscribed for the umpteenth time since I changed my email address. I hope WordPress will catch it this time and start sending me email notices of your posts.

    1. Ooh, I hope so too! Nice to see you, David!

  3. C’mon Jess, you will just have to get used to sharing Christoph …
    I love Tarantino’s movies but I must admit I always want to take him aside and have a motherly chat .. “Now Quentin, dear, you are so immensely talented is it really necessary to have SO much gratuitous violence? I mean wouldn’t just a minute of blood and gore get the same message across instead of going on and on and on and on …?” Having said that I go and see all of his work. I agree Django won’t cop an Oscar but it’s fabulous that Waltz received another nomination.

    1. You’re invited to our wedding, Patricia, but that’s all! 😛

  4. I want to see this, but not nearly as much as my guy. I’d go see Argo and Silver Linings Playbook before Django, but I guess we’ll see which of these we actually check out in the theater… especially with Die Hard due out this weekend!

    1. I haven’t seen Argo yet since it was already out of theaters. Too bad they’re not releasing the dvd before Oscar night.

      You know I loved Silver Linings Playbook! I think you’ll enjoy both of them. Probably SLP more.

      Side note, I spent some time watching old episodes of the Carrie Diaries, and you’re right – NOT BAD!

  5. Not a Tarantino fan. Am I alone here? He creeps me out and depresses me. But I don’t wish him ill. If his film was great, why not an Oscar?

    1. LOL. I can’t say I’m surprised you’re not in to Tarantino. Does that mean you won’t be dressing up as Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction for our DFW costume ball bash?! Well, if I have to it, maybe I can get Nigel to dance as John Travolta with me!

      *It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well..*

  6. Christoph Walz is great, I really need to see this film before it gets out of the big theaters. I did watch the original Django recently and it’s hard to imagine anything bloodier than that, but I’m guessing Tarantino succeeded.

    1. I should check out the original. Without seeing it, I’m going to agree that Tarantino probably did use more blood.

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