POLL: What Did You Think Of DJANGO UNCHAINED?

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained has been a hit with the majority of critics, but some long-time QT fans have been a little less than fully satisfied with his latest effort. So, what did you think of the movie? Here's your chance to decide!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/30/2012

I don't consider myself a hardcore Tarantino fan by any means, but I LOVED Django Unchained (you can read my review of the movie by clicking HERE). Released in North America on Christmas Day, the film has so far performed well at the box office - hovering between the #2 and #3 spots - and received an 'A-' CinemaScore from moviegoers. So, what we now want to know is what YOU, the readers of ComicBookMovie.com, thought of QT's unique take on the Spaghetti Western genre...








Set in the South two years before the Civil War, "Django Unchained" stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival...


STARRING:

Jamie Foxx as Django
Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie
Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz
Kerry Washington as Broomhilda
Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen
Laura Cayouette as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly
Dennis Christopher as Leonide Moguy
Don Johnson as Spencer 'Big Daddy' Bennett
M.C. Gainey as Big John Brittle
Tom Savini as Tracker Cheney
Anthony LaPaglia as Jano
James Remar as Ace Speck
Walton Goggins as Billy Crash
Tom Wopat as Marshall Gill Tatum
Misty Upham as Minnie

RELEASE DATE: 25th December, 2012 (US) January 18th, 2013 (UK)


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jimpinto24 - 12/30/2012, 10:24 AM
One of the best Quentin Tarantino films! I know it's a powerful & sensitive story. But it's just a film. I would give Django Unchained a 10/10.
rockerdude22 - 12/30/2012, 10:25 AM
Excellent film! One of my top films of the year!

Not for everyone, though.
WruceBayne - 12/30/2012, 10:30 AM
I'm not a real big Tino fan but the movie was great. It was long but it had to be to tell the story properly.
JokerFan21 - 12/30/2012, 10:36 AM
I loved the film. The ku klux klan scene is freaking hilarious and had everyone laughing in the theatre, including myself (how can it not?). In my opinion it's his 2nd best film.
Maximillion - 12/30/2012, 10:51 AM
Saw it and thought it was a great film, I agree the KKK scene was hilarious!!! I am happy the movie had some laughs in it, because the subject matter was serious, great mixture of drama, comedy and action, a little too bloody for my taste but hey...it's a Quentin Tarantino flick :)
ButtHurt - 12/30/2012, 11:03 AM
Racist.
ButtHurt - 12/30/2012, 11:14 AM
Disgusting Racist. What if it was a white person doing this kind of skit?

Fabius - 12/30/2012, 11:22 AM
Tarantino is an amazing and crazy director who makes funny, nuts, movies but always good piece of art, not ch.T like some movies in Hollywood, so what is the f.INg problem with him ?All stupid people. He is so talented, maybe you want more movies director tim story, Ube wolf, MClarc Johnsson, please wake up !
Just saying, no offence.
ButtHurt - 12/30/2012, 11:39 AM
@Fablus English Much?
95 - 12/30/2012, 11:57 AM
Good movie. Emotional, eloquent, and outrageously funny. However... having seen it early on Christmas Morning, with a large African American crowd, most whom had passionate reactions to Django's glorious revenge, and others who were in disbelief, it was one of my noisiest and worst cinema experiences. It was my first Tarantino flick seen in public, I think I'll just enjoy his films on my TV. The subject matter is too uncomfortable to enjoy, even if vengeance is served.

I know Tarantino adores the Spaghetti Western genre, and he made a spot on homage with this film, but I don't think this is his masterpiece. I don't like it as much as his '90s work, it's above Kill Bill and below Inglourious Basterds for me. Tarantino needs to fix up my iPod.
Luther - 12/30/2012, 11:59 AM
...smh @ the butthurt white ppl. I thought it was good, but DEFINITELY his worst. It was QTs revenge story/answer on "what if slaves rebelled, killed their white masters?..Why didn't they?". Just like how IG was for "What if Jews, were powerful enough to kill Nazis?". He should do a Native Americans vs. White Settlers, to round off his Revenge Trilogy, other than his idea using WW2 as the backdrop again.

SPOILERS:
ANYWHO, I felt Django Unchained was clearly his most funniest and funnest film yet. Also, he wanted to tap into a film, that can pull in the modern/younger Black Audience, who in some cases, aren't familiar with his body of work, and have them STILL enjoy it. But let's be clear here ppl, this film IS FOR African Americans! It's allowing them to see/feel what maybe some feel guilty about thinking of, sometimes.
Worst thing to do to a white man, is to be different than him, and take away his power. Which is what the film worked off of. The deepest moments, always fell within the conflict between Dr.Schultz and Candie. Especially Dicaprio's speech about how "scientifically" due to "dimples", Blacks are submissive and not as creative/smart as their "lighter" counterparts. Then comes Schultz' counter argument with the fact that Alexdre Dumas, writer of The Three Musketeers, was actually black (which some I KNOW didn't know of.) Pretty much, what you may like ARTISTICALLY can EASILY, too, be created by a black man and how in a lot of cases Blacks can also, easily be influenced into doing things they might not even care to. It was QTs challenge for most to rise above what they're typically seen/portrayed as. They both have their points.
QT, was clearly living through Shultz, that was obvious. QTs cameo, sucked..like usual. The film as a whole lost it's ground, as soon as Waltz' and Dicaprio's characters died off. And became another gore filled shoot-em-up style revenge story. And almost relied on shock value, to keep you seated. Which usually, always works. But QTs proved before that he doesn't have to rely on that..but, he is past his prime, as a director. His work is getting weaker, period. His messages, yes, are there still, to which I applaud...but his execution just isn't as good anymore. Still a work of art, and most who'll flatout hate it, won't understand it..which, is partially a point of the movie ;)
Luther - 12/30/2012, 12:01 PM
*IB, for Inglorious Basterds, not IG. Might as well have typed it out haha
SmellofDuty - 12/30/2012, 12:01 PM
I personally loved it. Big fan of QT and this did not disappoint!
SmellofDuty - 12/30/2012, 12:02 PM
"Dajangoooo!" "The D is silent hillbilly"
SmellofDuty - 12/30/2012, 12:06 PM
And to anybody who says this is racist, I'm from the south and I couldn't disagree more, I actually saw it with my black best friend, and we both loved it.
ButtHurt - 12/30/2012, 12:11 PM
@SmellofDuty "I'm from the South". Ummm so? That means what? I'm from the South...I don't get that comment.

This world is going to hell in a hand basket......our society/culture is completely warped and insane.
Bread - 12/30/2012, 12:12 PM
To people who say it's racist, please try and remember that this film takes place pre-civil war. This is how the world was then.
95 - 12/30/2012, 12:13 PM
I have to agree with you @Luther, with almost everything you said. Especially concerning the last twenty minutes of so.
95 - 12/30/2012, 12:16 PM
*or so
SmellofDuty - 12/30/2012, 12:16 PM
The film was not racist, the characters were racist, but the film was not.
SmellofDuty - 12/30/2012, 12:17 PM
Thanks you DeadPunisher.
ButtHurt - 12/30/2012, 12:19 PM
@DeadPunisher and SmellofDuty

It's racist when Jamie Foxx in every interview is saying "I get to kill white people and it's awesome". Explain to me how that's not racist? If a white guy said that, geeze it'd be insane and all over every news station.
thewonderer - 12/30/2012, 12:24 PM
"I think we all think the bags was a nice idea. But, not pointing any fingers, they could of been done better. So how bout, no bags this time, but next time, we do the bags right, and then go full regalia.!"

LMAO, surprised how much I enjoyed it.

I really am not a usual Tarantino fan. I think the way he writes in so many pointless dialogue scenes is a gimmick. Funny and amusing for a second, but then quickly becomes tired.

However in this, while there were tired dialogue scenes, I loved the chemistry between Foxx and Waltz. I loved the funny scenes, the action, and just the journey to save Broomhilda.

Dicaprio DESERVES an oscar! HILARIOUS, he and Sam Jackson knocked it out of the ball park
Maximillion - 12/30/2012, 12:29 PM
Yeah, Sam Jackson did a great job, first time I felt like I was not watching Sam Jackson play himself, beautiful acting!!
IamJacksCompleteLackofSuprise - 12/30/2012, 12:29 PM
Loved it! That whole dinner scene at Candyland played out so intensely. Dicaprio and Waltz were on their A game. My favorite film of the year. Tarantino is the man
MisterNiceGuy - 12/30/2012, 12:30 PM
you narrow-minded idiots are hilarious. Not to mention racist..
AsianVersionOfET - 12/30/2012, 12:34 PM
One of my favorite movies of the last decade. Pure Tarantino awesomeness. "You know what I think you are? A poor loser."
"Do you know what I think you are, Mr. Candie? An abysmal winner."
Mikebat68 - 12/30/2012, 12:44 PM
I am boycotting any movie with that racist Foxx in it.
Maximillion - 12/30/2012, 12:46 PM
WOW!! Fox is going to loose so much money now LOL :)
paullai24 - 12/30/2012, 12:53 PM
no
bazinga85 - 12/30/2012, 1:00 PM
@akshunJackson
Calm down bro. It wasn't racist because that kind of stuff actually happened.

Anyway, excellent movie.
Yeaton10 - 12/30/2012, 1:03 PM
The following question deserves a thoughtful answer:

"It's racist when Jamie Foxx in every interview is saying "I get to kill white people and it's awesome". Explain to me how that's not racist? If a white guy said that, geeze it'd be insane and all over every news station."

Foxx is clearly making a provocative statement, and the character who Foxx plays does hate white people because of what they have done (this is a revenge movie and revenge is rooted in hatred). However, Foxx's comments are not a part of the movie, and nothing about the movie actually asks the viewer to agree with Django without qualification.

Note that King (Django's white friend) is a German who equates Django with Sigfried (conspicuously the same myth that used by Hitler to justify his crimes). Note further that the movies is making reference to the tendency of Westerns to glorify unqualified violence.

The movie does suggest that slavery would do a better job of justifying slaver than other villainous activities on the part of standard evil villains in movies. It does not equate slavery with the white race, or opposition to slavery with the black race (note that Stephen one of the movies villains is conspicuously a black who supports slavery).

A very reasonable question, but reasonable questions often can be answered.
supermarioworldE - 12/30/2012, 1:12 PM
Absolute first class Tarantino. Dialogue as sharp as ever. Direction/stylization in mastered form. Really good stuff. The material itself was genuinely hard to watch in a lot of areas but that's the whole point. Slavery was among the most horrifying atrocities in american history. To ignore it's impact would be to insult the memory of those who endured it.

Maximillion - 12/30/2012, 1:16 PM
Very reasonable answer, for the second statement "...If a white guy said that, geeze it'd be insane and all over every news station."

Yes, if a white person said the opposite of what Jamie Foxx said, it would not be funny, because it (slavery) already happened, it's quite obvious to the mixed race audience that Jamie Foxx was joking, after all he is a comedian!!
Maximus101 - 12/30/2012, 1:49 PM
Good movie but definitely not his best. I did not like the last 20 minutes of the movie.
jondoe297 - 12/30/2012, 1:54 PM
Loved every minute of this movie
sameoldthing - 12/30/2012, 3:06 PM
Great movie!
It's not racist,the smartest guy in the movie is black & it's not Django..watch it to figure that out.

Killing low-life,scum-bag,redneck slave owners is not racist..its justice!

Everyone was terrific in roles but how good is Waltz?
Such an evil dude in Inglorious Bastards & such a cool guy in Django Unchained,great actor.
Nick56 - 12/30/2012, 3:38 PM
Excellent movie but not as good as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, or Kill Bill 1&2
Berserker187 - 12/30/2012, 3:43 PM
The movie had a good start. Second half not so much. The last 20 was not his best work. I.B was way better.
Ranger14 - 12/30/2012, 3:43 PM
Racist?

*face palm*

Comedians have routines joking about other races all the time. If you're a white guy...grow some balls.
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