Django Unchained (2012)

English: Soprano Amalie Materna as Brünnhilde ...

English: Soprano Amalie Materna as Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Bayreuth in 1876. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another signature piece from Quentin Tarantino that won him a Golden Globe for the Best Screenplay, and one for Christoph Waltz in the role of Dr. King Schultz for the Best Supporting Actor.

If you have watched the trailers, you roughly know about the story. So no point of re-hashing it here. So what I see in this film?

1) In 1977, we had the TV mini-series Roots (Alex Haley)that depicted slavery, and in 1939 we had Gone with the Wind (1939) that told the story of the pre-war southern plantations, and had watched how Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) was raised by all black domestic helps. Both films never come close to what we will hear in this film: un-pc (politically correct). I think the tongue-in-cheek complaints and asking Dr.Schultz to speak English in the very first scene is to draw out that hypocrisy: the lawyer talk. The hilarious scene about the quality of the sac-covering-the-head proves another point that we tend to waste a lot of time trying to save one of our colleagues face by not telling the truth, i.e., the bag he made sucks. In other words, some (Spike Lee!) will be offended by this film with the numbers of time the “N” word being uttered by both White and Black, but others will just put it in context.

2)Django Freeman(Jamie Foxx) has psychical power, but it is only after he learned to speak properly that put him above all his peers and he feels empowered, which gives him true strength. Equally important is having a good teacher that is patient.

3)The reference made to Richard Wagner‘s Der Ring des Nibelungen, the opera, is loosely tied to the story here. In the film, Dr.Schultz explains to Django about Brünnhilde, Wotan’s, The God, favourite daugther; in the opera, Gods are losing their power because of greed, and trickery. The goldsmiths, Nibelungs, or slaves are the ones who bring about the downfall of Gods and human. Love and sacrifices are the redemption for all. If you haven’t seen or listen to this opera, J.R.R. Toilkien’s The Lord of the Rings is very similar in theme. (But everyone has heard the Ride of the Valkyries, either in the opera or in commercials, and famously Mickey Mouse as the magician apprentice in Disney’s Fantasia (1940).This is the Brünnhilde’s aria! and one of the most vocal demanding arias in German operatic repertoire). Here, in the film, Broomhilda is waiting for Django to save her and to prove that he is the strongest man of all, and in the opera, the one who saves Brünnhilde must be fearless!

4)I think at the end of the day, the moral of the story is that you can do what you are told and remain as such, or be like Django, grab the opportunity, learn and be smart and out-smart everyone else, because you can! Those who lives through deceit, Stephen(Samuel L. Jackson), you just wish that you would never be uncovered!

Entertaining and original, WATCH! Great soundtrack too.


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