I applauded Tarantino all the way home for the brilliant execution of such a cinematic masterpiece; Django. I watched it as a child (obviously with parental guidance *side eye*), but to be quite frank, I can't seem to remember much else but the title. Hence why I decided to watch the much-raved remake of a classic with my siblings. I walked in thinking it might be heavy, gory and ridden with historical content, but walked out with my hand firmly clasped around my belly fighting the chuckles that came a'rumbling when recounting too many scenes worthy of solo youtube clips. Django definitely surpassed my expectations.
Fur headband : Primark | Shirt : Primark | Top : ZARA | Trousers : Primark
Boots : Moda in Pele | Bag : ZARA | Watch : Michael Kors
Set in the Deep South 2 years before the Civil War in the 1800's, Django chronicles the tale of a slave who is set free by an eclectic dentist on the prowl for a band of notorious brothers. He enlists the help of Django in one of the most memorable open scenes in modern day cinema. That intro set the pace for the rest of the movie, which did not disappoint. From the satirical (especially considering the context of the 1800's and the fact that the KKK weren't in existence until MUCH later) KKK ambush (starring my man, Jonah Hill - LEDGE!) to the laughable goriness of the cotton farm (Candieland) massacre, the movie will go down as one of the 21st Century's finest pieces of work.Spike Lee's rants about racism and the misuse of the 'n' word. Excuse me, but all I sense is a bit of jealousy. Not only has Lee's movies failed to make ANY impact on my existence (and Lord do I wish I could take back the 1hour+ of my life I wasted watching the apparently legendary 'Do the Right Thing' *rolling eyes*), but he has failed to make any movies worthy of note of late. So please, take a seat *ushers to the back of the hall*. In my opinion, what irritated Lee the most, is the fact that a caucasian man thought to remake this before he set sights on this gold mine. *tuts* Thus, what I failed to comprehend however, was not Lee's outrage (which was warranted considering his appalling work as a Director thus far), but the disciples that followed suit. Excuse me, but what did you expect when watching a movie set in the deep south (an area most affected by slavery) in the 1800's...go figure kids.
What I believe irked ethnic minority viewers is the harsh reality of life as a slave. Quite frankly, that depiction is probably more accurate than any daytime BBC documentary depicting much the same. Thats not to say that we should just brush it under the carpet because of the progress we as black people have made since. Slavery happened. Tarantino is known for his gory depictions, and satirical portrayals, but I must commend him for shedding light (and making light) of an otherwise awkward topic in history. What this does not mean, is that the 'n' word has automatically lost the stigma attached to it. On the contrary, the rape of the word should have triggered outrage at the maltreatment of blacks as 2nd class citizens in the 1800's. A class that we have since, fought so hard to triumph over. The chunder of the 'n' word is a symbol to modern day ethnic minorities to remember just how good (not perfect) we have it now.
Onyxsta says...BLEURGH!! To unchain Django is to set free the still prevalent prejudices in present day society. Xisses