Movie Review: The Biggest Rip-off Nobody Caught in “Django Unchained”
I’ve always been a Quentin Tarantino fan and I guess I always will be although it looks like I’m going to have to start categorizing it as a guilty pleasure. In Django: Unchained there are all the calling cards of a Tarantino movie: witty patter and reparte, quirky characterizations and intense emotional conflict. Everything I expect in a QT movie is there. It’s just that I feel like I’ve seen it before.
Mostly, it’s Tarantino lifting from the film-maker that he admires most: Tarantino. This is the plot of every Quentin Tarantino movie (not counting Deathproof) since Jackie Brown. In other words, every Tarantino movie since 1997 has had the same goddamned plot!
Here it is….
Our protagonist ( Beatrix Kiddo, French Jewish cinema owner, ex-slave) is wronged by another (Bill, Nazi jew-hunter, cruel slave owner). It may take several years but our protagonist eventually succeeds in taking revenge, not only on the individual who wronged them but on scores of others who were complicit in the wronging (the other Deadly Viper Assassins, the Nazis and their collaborators, most of the white people).
I love a good revenge movie and anything Tarantino makes is good enough for me to go spend $9 on. But Django to me was the weakest of his REVENGE movies. Maybe if I hadn’t already seen 2 Kill Bills and 1 Inglorious Basterds it would have been more impressive.
I don’t know if anyone else noticed this but…I think Tarantino ripped of the character of Django from another movie character who was also a bounty hunter. They even have the same name!!
They don’t spell it the same, though. But Samuel L. Jackson did try to kill both of them.