First reviews of Django Unchained are obviously positive

With the first invitation-only screenings happening, there’s a bunch of early reviews that we want to reprise here. It seems that people with quite different expectations and viewpoints all come to the conclusion that it’s one hell of an epic, that manages to cleverly walk the line between harsh period piece on a delicate subject (slavery), and an action-heavy western with a good dose of humor. Here are some quotes:

you can’t look away. Instead you take this ride with Django.  He transforms from a slave to a free man to a gun slinger and Jamie pulls it off effortlesslyI don’t know if I want to see too many films dealing with slavery but with Django, black folks will have someone to root for, that is a straight up bad ass…. (continue reading)

And some more (source):

Jeff Goldsmith @yogoldsmith
From start to finish Django Unchained is a fantastic crowd pleaser. Smartly humorous, great action & dialogue – Definite awards contender! ….  Interestingly there were many nuanced changes to the leaked script- some minor, some completely new scenes plus cuts as well. Great writing!

Anne Thompson @akstanwyck
Django unchained is super violent spaghetti western w/ anachronistic songs. waltz & jackson steal it. All talk & action. 1st screening.  ….Standing ovation for Tarantino at DGA. Taylor hackford doing q and a.

david ehrlich @davidehrlich
DJANGO UNCHAINED: holy shite. brutally hilarious spaghetti comedy does for business what Basterds did for war. Best American film of 2012.

Ho. Ly. Crap. #DjangoUnchained! BEYOND BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES! INCREDIBLE Q&A with Mr. Tarantino himself!

D-Dub @silkyd67
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s first DGA film, is funny, crazy violent, thoroughly entertaining. Luv that Christoph Waltz …….Django Unchained: Don Johnson needs to work more. He and Christoph Waltz together..awesome

Julie Seureau @IndieJuls
Really happy to have been to the advanced screening of #Django. Christoph Waltz is such an extraordinary actor. He really stole the thunder! ……Django was a great film: very bloody but also very funny. The kind of film that makes you laugh about issues you don’t usually laugh at!

Eric Appel @erockappel
Well, Django Unchained is fricking incredible. Shit, man. The best. Tarantino is the King! Wow!

joshua cordes @yumyumfish
Django Unchained was incredible. And this isn’t just some “I saw it first” shite happening. Hilarious and exciting. Shoe in Best Pic nom.

AnnaMaria DeMara @iamBANANNA
Just saw Django Unchained WOW!! Amazzzzzzing – One of His best movies! & Tarantino showed up for Q & A’s

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Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives and has been a fan and observer of QT for over two decades now, cherishing his work and the window in the the wider world of cinema his movies have opened up. Inspired as such, he runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives. He lives in Berlin.

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3 Responses

  1. L.A.Jason says:

    Given your access to Tarantino, has he had any comment on the Newtown tragedy and if he has any thoughts about how his violent films might be an influence on warped minds? That would be a great scoop for you to get.

  2. bob says:

    Terribly gory. Over the top usage of the n word and profanity.