Quentin Tarantino. Everyone’s favorite abhorrent film director with the mind of a genius. We all say that his films are ‘too sanguinary’, but can you really have too much gore? Personally, I am one of Tarantino’s number 1 fans, with Inglourious Basterds being my top film of all time (yes I know it wasn’t a motion picture phenomenon, however, I loved it). Everyone has been anticipating the rise or fall of this film (most commonly rise) and whether people shall admit it or not, we have been anxious for its screen to the cinema. Come on, who doesn’t want a film with Jamie Foxx (after his great appearance in Ray), Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz?
Ok, so now to the reviewing part. My Favorite part of Quentin Tarantino’s films are the set-up. I love how each part is set up like a book (most commonly found in Kill Bill (1,2) and Inglourious Basterds), and I was slightly disappointing that he has changed this aspect of his film. However, i find it quite difficult to fault this film. The gore level is in-between Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill so no need to fully wince as this is classic cowboy gore. Where the hell is John Wayne when you need him?
One of the best parts of this film, in my opinion, is the score. One of the songs written by the main man himself, Jamie Foxx, it is hard to fault the music, that’s for sure. It’s catchy, memorable and not your sort of Sunday dinner background music either, and definitely not typical western. In fact, this film is not your typical western, with unexpected twists and turns venturing into drama, thriller and even comedy. Jonah Hill gives this film a (fairly) light hearted side, with mockery of quite serious topics, although not in a malicious manner.
What sort of gave the film an extra edge is 1) Quentin Tarantino was actually in it, for more than 5 seconds (and he spoke too) 2) they actually used Leonardo DiCaprio’s real blood.
You may have heard, but whilst filming little Leo(actually he is quite old now, not the titanic boy we so sorely miss) smashed a glass during a scene, and it cut up his hand. He braved on, whilst all actors looked cool-y on and Tarantino used the shot. When fake blood becomes too little, just use the actor’s. It seems that quite a lot of actors are harmed in the making of his films, with him actually strangling Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds to get that ‘realy strangling effect/look’. Authentic.
The thing that I also appreciated in the movie was that a taboo subject, such as slavery, has actually been addressed, giving people the chance to talk about things that haven’t been talked about in 30 years or so, helping people debate, and show their true feelings about this disastrous point in American history, whether their opinion be good or bad. The taboo of this topic has been partly lifted. Hats of Tarantino for making a film that is aesthetically pleasing and a film that actually has impact.
Overall this film is top notch, it has everything that you could possible want, Blood, Gore, Love, Drama, Thriller and the all important Western. Oh, also a bit of German, well until Tarantino ends this man crush with Christoph Waltz, it seems we will get getting a lot of German in the near-future.
This film blows all of the (unsuccessful) Django films from the 60’s out of the water. Bravo Quentin Tarantino, you get my approval you greatly exuberant get creepy man.