Django Unchained ★★★★½


"How do you like the bounty hunting business?"

"Kill white people and get paid for it? What's not to like?"

Django Unchained's subversion of the Western and Exploitation is loud and clear, at every step finding a stone to overturn and check for an idea or a convention to uproot. It's ruthlessly watchable for that very reason. Tarantino is just too good at deploying his personal filmic history as a goldmine for our benefit. What unsettles is his equal glee and excitement for the monstrous passages of history, and the method of toying with its depiction. It makes for a film in which every laugh falls into uncomfortable, deafening silence, and that the only course of action to evade it as an endpoint is to burn it all to the ground. Tarantino has rarely been so bold.

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