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Django Unchained (2012) – Does Violence Succeed Over Inspiration? – A social Study

django_unchained
Category: Western/ Action
Actors: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, David Steen, Dana Gourrier, Nichole Galicia, Laura Cayouette, Ato Essandoh, Sammi Rotibi, Clay Donahue Fontenot
Duration: 165 min
Rated: R

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Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Long Story Short:
A freed slave is trying find his wife and rescue her from the barbaric hands of her owner. A former dentist – a Caucasian – is helping him.

Review:
I know people have mainly praised this movie, called it a classic, or a Spaghetti Western (?) – only the wind knows why. And while I have to admit that the entire cast was simply brilliant with their performances, and I also like Quentin Tarantino, I cannot recommend this movie. I don’t understand how someone can enjoy it.

Let me explain, that when I watched the movie, I was the only light skinned person in the movie theater. Well, I am kissed by the sun, but I stood out. While the movie was playing I felt the rage growing. I heard people say “Yes, that’s exactly what the white man did to us.” The anger felt real and current, not for something that happened in the past. It felt like an anger that is still slumbering insight people’s minds that creates the (mis?)perception of still being oppressed.

I am currently living in a mainly black neighborhood and every day I get a different impression from my surroundings. There is definitely a pattern that shows that “someone” or “something” is trying to oppress the people who live here, or at least holding them back; for instance: the only internet connection that’s available here is so slow that I can barely post an entry on my blog because it takes up too much speed that I am not provided with. So even looking for jobs online is a pain, especially if you have to fill out application forms when the connection keeps crashing. Furthermore the gas prices here are outrageous. But if I drive towards the areas where mainly Caucasian people live the prices are lower. Why is that? Is someone or something trying to keep the poor or less fortunate people down while making the privileged people richer?

At the same time, I get the feeling that a lot of people are complaining about this situation but no one is standing up or willing to do something about it, so basically they are doing it to themselves. People are complaining about having no money, but they rather go to the gas station and buy a roll of toilet paper for 1$ every three days instead of going to the grocery store and get a package with 14 rolls of toilet tissue for 7$ which is half the price of what they are paying. Instead of keeping their neighborhood clean I see people throwing out trash on the streets, when there is a trash can three feet away from them.

Movies like Django Unchained don’t really help making a difference. Django got more than half a million votes on IMDB and a rating of 8.5/10, while inspirational movies like, Akeelah and The Bee(2006), Remember The Titans(2000), A Time To Kill(1996) – hard to watch but with the most impressive pleading- , The Blind Side(2009), Antwone Fisher(2002), Soul Food (2007) or even the The Color Purple (1986) hardly get one hundred thousand votes. So does violence succeed over inspiration? Choosing violence over inspiration creates anger, and anger holds us back. Why? Because we keep focusing on the negative aspects in life rather than the positive ones. Eventually we think that we don’t deserve any better and start accepting. Eventually we stop caring, and this attitude will reflect on our children. And unfortunately I see this behavior every other day.

Yes, I admit, people of color – and by people of color I mean anyone other than Caucasian – still have a harder time being hired in certain establishments than Caucasians, especially in the U.S. – the country of freedom but also segregation; where else do we have China Town, Greek Town, Polish Town etc.? But if we work hard enough we can get just as far as anyone else, maybe even further, we might not even have to depend on anyone to hire us, and become successful entrepreneurs?! There are no limits in life. And until we understand that, there won’t be any change.

Now, coming back to Django, here are a few more things I didn’t like about it:

The release date:
Why would someone chose Christmas time to release such a movie? I am not looking at Christmas as a Christian holiday, but a time families usually spend together and have a peaceful time. Well, not if they went to see Django. But Les Miserable was too depressing too, in my opinion. So either choice would have caused anger or depression. Though one to choose from.

The use of the n-word:
It was used at least 110 times. I mean, I get it, black people were treated and talked to in the most horrible ways, but do we really have hear it to an extend where I am pretty sure it starts to feel normal for some people? I myself felt a pain in my stomach every time I heard the word. I despise the n-word, and not even a black person should use it if you ask me. Why would you use a word today that represents anger, pain, torture and humiliation? Like Maya Angelou once said, “The “n” word is like poison, whether you take poison from a vial or pour it into Bavarian crystal, it is still poison.”

The idea of turning tragic events into a comedy:
Sure, I had to giggle, too, about certain scenes, but at the same time I couldn’t believe the fact that I was actually watching a movie about slavery and had to laugh.

The glorification of violence:
Django was not only brutal in the revenge scenes, but the torture scenes of the slaves seemed even more gruesome to me, which raises the question: If a director choses to show a scene more graphically than others, does he want to create a more dramatic effect, or does he actually enjoy it more?

Those were my honest and true feelings about Django Unchained. Like I said, I admire the entire cast and their acting, and I really like Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill are two of my all time favorite movies, but in this particular case I just can’t agree with the majority and applaud him for a master piece that in my opinion was a slap in the face.

Rating: N/A

11 Comments »

  1. Everybody these days loves violence and needs it. I would consider this the worst movie of Tarantino because of its contents and the way it is presented. People will always complain about what happened many years ago as a justification for all the evil that they do these days. They don’t realize that we live in a modern world now and the earlier oppressor no longer exist, but they choose to be medieval. I wonder how this is even remotely fun when presented as comedy 😦
    I completely agree with your points; it didn’t release here on Christmas though, but even after cutting so many scenes before showing here, it was still violent 😀
    Racist movies sell, especially when the roles are reversed. People want to say that your great great grandfather’s relative’s dead friend did something to us a hundred years ago and so we hate you 😀
    People can’t live in the present or the past, they choose to live in the very distant past.

  2. I hate movies like this because in many ways it makes worse what was already a terrible time… I’m glad that it at least showed that some whites were good… but it really does constantly want to bring up a past that we can’t change but should be moving away from and looking at how lucky we are now… of course the fact that I’m white people want to say that I can’t understand… and maybe I can’t… but I do know that if you want a better life now you can get it… I grew up dirt poor… my dad got ill and couldn’t work and all my mom knew how to do was make drapes so she worked like hell to make money and my dad took care of us at home… but I’m proud of my mom cause when I graduated (I was the youngest) she went back to college so she could finally make a real living… and my sister became a teacher and has a nice house and a cute family… I went into the military and am doing pretty good as well… then again I have a brother who thinks everything should be handed to him and so is 30 and has done nothing with his life and has nothing to his name… and that’s how I think most of those in those run down neighborhoods are… they’re waiting for something to be handed to them… not all… some are just down on their luck… it is hard out there to get jobs and to make a living at times… but when they cleared out the projects back home and the government had to move people there were folks who had been there for 60 years and had never once tried to get off welfare… they’d rather sit there and do nothing and live the way they do than really try and it’s a mentality that will continue to hold them back… and just to give an example the valedictorian of my school was a black girl… she was super smart… and I actually heard some black guy tell her once that she was trying to be white acting the way she does… and my question is since when is succeeding in life supposed to only be for white people? don’t matter what color you are, if you want something in life you have to work for it and if you’re willing to give all you got you’ll probably end up doing pretty good in life… I may have rambled there but that is what this movie makes me think…

    • Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate and relate to what you are saying. You shared some wise words with us and I can only hope that people will wake up soon. The mind-set has to change!

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