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You Won't See A Scene Like This In "Django Unchained"

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 11, 2011 3:14 AM
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I have been revisiting Quentin Tarantino's oeuvre, going back to Reservoir Dogs; I figured my post sharing my thoughts on his Django Unchained screenplay would elicit the wrath of some of his fans, so I thought it wise to go back and watch all his films again, and arm myself :)

Anyway, in re-watching Pulp Fiction, a film that I consider his best to date, and that he's never quite been able to match, the below scene immediately struck me when I finally got to it. In short, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but, given your reactions to previous posts on Django Unchained, I think this scene exemplifies the kind of physicality, brutishness, language, intent, and overall energy that a lot of you were maybe expecting/hoping to find in the Django Unchained script.

Not quite... unfortunately for you.

Granted, Marcellus Wallace just had his butthole plugged by whitey... unfortunately for him. But, Django's emasculation comes in a different form. I dunno... which would you rather have if you are a dude: to be raped like Marcellus or be a slave like Django, in Django's time, and have your woman taken away from you, and subject to all manner of mental and physical violation?

But while Marcellus has the opportunity to "get medieval" on whitey's ass - payback in the form of all kinds of brutal and sadistic ways, done in an air of righteousness - Django doesn't really get that same kind of, shall we say, pleasure, and thus, neither will you... if that's what you're expecting. Django doesn't get to call up on "a couple a hard, pipe-hittin' niggers" to go to work on their plantation masters "with a pair a pliers and a blowtorch."

Sorry... instead, since Django Unchained is labeled an homage of sorts to Spaghetti Westerns, if you've seen enough of those, then you should have some idea of how this one ends... at least, your list of possibilities should be short.

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12 Comments

  • Neziah | May 13, 2011 3:26 AMReply

    Damn, Tambay, you really have something against Django Unchained, at least wait until the movie comes out before judging it, geez.

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 12, 2011 9:42 AMReply

    While we are talking about QT and thus 'Pulp Fiction' I had to say this. Three days ago after talking about how Marvin Gaye died, Spike Lee on Twitter said this-
    Quoted exactly how he typed it - "all this brings us to my Joint JUNGLE FEVER, at the climax The Good Reverend Doctor (played by the Immortal Ossie Davis) shoots and kills his Crackhead Son Gater (played by Samuel L. Jackson-which I feel is his most complete performance)."

    I don't kow about "complete". While it was a great perfomance, I still think Jule Winfield was an excellent performance and not just the infamous SLJ shouting either, the comedic-

    Jules: Fuck, nigger, what did you do to his towel?
    Vincent: I was dryin' my hands.
    Jules: You're supposed to wash 'em first.
    Vincent: You watched me wash 'em.
    Jules: I watched you get 'em wet.
    Vincent: I was washing 'em. But this shit's hard to get off. Maybe if I had Lava or something, I coulda done a better job.
    Jules: I used the same fuckin' soap you did and when I got finished, the towel didn't look like no god-damn Maxi-Pad.

    To the quiet introspective-

    But I saw some shit this morning that made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking, maybe it means: you’re the Evil Man, and I’m the Righteous Man, and Mr. 9mm here—he’s the Shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean: you’re the Righteous Man, and I’m the Shepherd; and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. Now, I’d like that, but that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is: you’re the Weak and I’m the Tyranny of Evil Men. But I’m trying, Ringo—I’m trying real hard to be the Shepherd.

    Again I JUST watched 'Pulp Fiction' 2 days ago and it was a tour de force perfomance on all levels.

  • Al | May 12, 2011 2:01 AMReply

    Its not the violence that attracts me to Tarantino. Its his characters/energy. And the fact that all of his films contain nods to practically every genre. All of his movies are different in terms of end product but they are all very Tarantino.

  • C | May 11, 2011 12:29 PMReply

    Your attacks on the script are as weak as your critique.

    If you know what you're talking about then talk. If you don't then just shut up.

  • Lynn | May 11, 2011 11:29 AMReply

    What does this have to do with Django Unchained? These are two complete different films w/ different styles.

    How a bout we just wait for Django Unchained to come out before making assumptions about what Tarantino plans to do.

  • mark | May 11, 2011 10:40 AMReply

    the people at Shadow and Act are giving the new Tarantino movie more publicity than any other website lol. but seriously, you gotta stop making assumptions based on the script.

  • Jug | May 11, 2011 5:47 AMReply

    @Dankwa- :-D "I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass"

  • Jug | May 11, 2011 4:56 AMReply

    Tambay- I know this...MAAAN! *in his best Chris Tucker voice* I'm pickin' up what you're putting down. It's fun & I agree with that it's not his best, but it is good. But judging from the responses, I think a lot of people took what you reviewed as "It stinks", which is faar from the case.

    I actually think that if it hadn't been Will, whoever had played Django would've gone next level, no question. The more I think about it, after seeing THOR, Will is a good choice... WAIT WAIT, before all the tomatoes come my way, follow me now:

    Acting for the camera is essentially "Do I like you?" Fight it all you want, but rarely is it about what the person is doing. Most actors are in roles because WE like THEM, or what we think we know of them to some degree because we're looking at them and looking into their eyes-the time tested way to "know" a person, right? Just ask Bush & Putin :-(.

    But on stage, I don't fucking know WHO you are because I reeeally can't see your face, I'm LISTENING to you. So you can create technically/artistically a "person" that I fall in love with. But camera work, it's you you you because I associate the visual with truth "I SAW it on the news" "I READ it online" "I looked in his eyes" (I'm simplifying this).

    Chris Hemsworth was CHARMING as hell as Thor. Was Thor a charming guy, fuck no he was a GOD and a bull-headed, arrogant prick of a God at that. But in the movies, people have to "like you" (meaning there has to be some affinity with your character) so we pay attention to you. Very hard to watch a movie or tv show with someone we're repulsed by or even worse, could care less about. And how does the actor do it, by being interested in whoever they're talking to, making them feel like they're the only person in the world & the camera captures that (women pay attention next time dude rolls up on you at the club LOL).

    So here comes Will, MR CHARMING, MR CHARISMA being asked to do some of the foulest shit on camera he's ever done to anyone, let alone white people. Idris isn't charming like that (at least not his films), he may be sexy to black women & manly to some brothers, but after watching LUTHER and THE WIRE and most of his movies, he's an intense, talented actor, but he doesn't bring people into him-same with Stringer/Roque/dude in DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS. He plays the life of the written character (which is what an actor is taught to do), not to the audience with a wink & a smile so we feel "okay" about whatever shit is about to go down. And that is FINE. I don't want all the actors I like to do that, but Will brings people into him, which is why his personality steps all over every role he plays, because he can't help it. Say the words well, hit your marks etc Will can DO all of that yes, but it's that extra little "positive energy" that radiates out of him that will always be there. And just like Hemsworth in THOR, it's what makes us give a shit about a character that is a brute, or a sadistic cannibal (Anthony Hopkins) or an ex slave killing all the white people. And why Will is an actually good choice.

    ...trust me, shocked me that I actually wrote that LMAO

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 11, 2011 4:11 AMReply

    @Jug I'll go you one better -
    "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you!"

  • tambay | May 11, 2011 4:09 AMReply

    @ Jug (and e'ry body else) -

    For the record, I don't think the script sucks! But I don't think it's his best work either. I'm not a Tarantino "hater" but I'm not a fanboy either.

    Of course I'll still be seeing the film when it drops.

    And I'll be honest and say that I'm instigating a little bit too :)

    But really, I'm just telling folks who think this is one kind of film, based on previous comments, that it's not the kind of film they might think it is.

    As far as the ending... nah, I don't think it gives that same kind of rawness and intensity. He wins with finesse instead of raging, brute force. Which is cool, but I think, given all he'd been through, some folks would prefer if he went all id, in psychoanalytic terms.

  • Zeus | May 11, 2011 4:01 AMReply

    I would have preferred a scene like this in "Django" but if there isn't it won't kill the movie for me.

    I trust Tarantino's skill to keep me engaged, which most films don't do now-a-days.

  • Jug | May 11, 2011 3:53 AMReply

    LMBAO Tambay you're a trip. So you're telling me that the final few scenes don't give "that"? Come on?! LOL But for real, the way you're phrasing the post & even the review, is since the movie isn't THAT, then it sucks. Is that true? Or even fair? We could say that about anything, that since it isn't what we wanted it to be, then it sucks.

    How about it sucking/not sucking based on what was attempted? Tell me how you feel about that! LOL

    "I'ma call a couple a hard pipe hittin' niggas, to go to work on the homes here, wit a pair of pliers and a blow torch. YOU HERE ME TALKIN' HILLBILLY BOY, I AIN'T THROUGH WITCHU BY A DAMN SIGHT, I'M ABOUT TO GIT MEDIEVAL ON YOUR ASS!"

    ...in the immortal words of Pac "Some of the realest shit I ever wrote" LOL

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