So after managing to do two blog posts this afternoon I am just about getting my weekly update on time, think I should be able to get schedule better this next week. So first of all this week there was, of course, the new Tarantino film, Django Unchained get reading that one and please leave any comments you may have on it. Next I wrote a post on a group that I have been being intrigued hugely by for the last few weeks, the bizarre Die Antwoord. The finally I did I quick sum-up of how much I enjoyed playing Dead Space 2. Hope you enjoy reading all of those.
This week I’ll leave you with a choice because I’ve got two exciting albums to review in the next seven days, the first is The Joy Formidable’s Wolf’s Law and the second is Biffy Clyro’s Opposites so here’s a song from each, watch this space:
So this Friday the time finally came to watch Quentin Tarantino’s new film, his follow-up to 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. As always the films production was the subject of loads of media scrutiny, everyone vying to know what Tarantino’s dreaming up next. Django sees another change in genre for the auteur switching from the World War II setting to that of the great plains of the Wild West. The plot follows Jamie Foxx’s Django, a slave who is recruited by travelling bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who takes him on as an apprentice of sorts. Django then tell Schultz of his past and the heart wrenching story of how he got split from his wife, the pair then make it their mission to retrieve his wife from the hands of oppression but standing in their way is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie.
With all Tarantino’s films the dialogue is always so impressive its quite scary and Django is no exception. Much like Inglorious’ twenty minute bar scene Unchained features a tension building masterpiece as Schultz and Django negotiate with Candie over dinner. There is never a second where the talking feels talkie. It is all just massively entertaining. The acting by all involved just compliments Tarantino’s script almost perfectly. Jamie Foxx, although faltering slightly at times, provides us with an utterly lovable hero who it is impossible not to route for. On the other side of the spectrum DiCaprio sizzles as the films prickly antagonist, here Leo is different from anything I’ve seen him do before adding a deliciously evil camp quality to his villain and further proving himself to be one of the greatest actors of our time. But as with Inglosrious Basterds its Waltz who completely steals the show as Schultz, the camera is drawn to him and as a viewer you would be happy if it never left, every single line he says is as close to perfect as acting can get ensuring that a no point during the films lengthy running time do you even consider turning away from the screen.
The masterfully crafted shooting scenes are so ridiculous but handled so masterfully that the make for the most entertaining action sequences of recent times leagues above what you get in the straight-up actioners such as The Expendables. Tanrantino manages, again to create a film so entertaining that I can’t see anything ever beating it. This is his best work since Pulp Fiction.
Yes, I know, I have slipped behind on my weekly update yet again. I could claim it was because I was spending some time staring at the date on the calender, because, let’s face it, it doesn’t get much better than seeing the same number next to each other three times! I could also claim that I’ve been very busy working seeing as it’s the last week of uni. But both of these statements would be a complete and the real reason for me not getting round to this is because I just haven’t been bothered, but now I can be so let’s get into it.
First of was my review of the new Ben Wheatley black somedy, Sightseers, a strong contender for my favourite film of the year. But then there was the entirely different entity that was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which was also fantastic so has left in a predicament as to what the hell actually is the best movie of the year. And in between watching those I finished Boardwalk Empire – Season 3 so if you’re a fan of the show give that post a read and let me know your views on it.
So while I struggle with what my favourite film of 2012 is I thought I’d leave you this week with what may well turn out to be my favourite of next year – here’s the trailer for Django Unchained: