Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A to Z Movies: Django Unchained

This is a late post for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for "D" day. I had a hard time finding a "D" letter movie that I wanted to write about. I settled on Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" starring Jamie Foxx as Django.

There will be no synopsis for this film because the plot is very simple. Slave is bought by bounty hunter, bounty frees slave and has him work for him, both try to save Django's wife, and Django gets his wife back after a bloody shoot out.

Now the film is much more nuanced than that. As is all of Tarantino's films. There is a bounty of supporting characters with small parts that are memorable.

However, the film received a lot of criticism for the use of the N-word throughout the film. Personally, I found this to be odd. If one were to look at US History with 20/20 lenses, they would know that the N-word flowed freely from the mouths of most white people without a second thought up until after the Civil Rights Era. Black people used the word to describe each other because this is what they were called and what they answered to during slavery.

On the flip side, Django Unchained showed something that we do not see often in films, especially films involving American slavery. The black slave became free and successfully fought white men to get his wife back. During slavery, slaves technically were not allowed to have families because they were property and treated like animals to be worked and bred. Slaves would secretly get married and start families but those families were often torn apart. Slave masters could and would sell off the members of a slave family to different owners.

I do love action films and "Django Unchained" is an action film. If you can handle the violence of "Kill Bill" (both volumes), then you can handle the violence in "Django". The final gun fight in the film is epic set to a remixed version of Tupac Shakur's "Untouchable".

Due to the use of the N-word, I know quite a few people did not want to see the film. I say give it a chance. It shows a strong black male character fighting for his family and winning. You do have to deal with the use of the N-Word and an Uncle Ruckus character named Stephen played by Samuel Jackson. In the end, it is worth a viewing.