Procrastination Theatre: December 31, 2012
So I liked it, a lot. I think it was one of the smartest movies I’ve ever seen in terms of really going at racial logic in the South - all those twisted messed up loopholes of racial identity and property ownership and class and authenticity. And I’m excited that this is where Tarantino is going with his career now, you know? That he writes these - yes, increasingly linear - films that really try to go at the logic that underlay a really fascinating moment in historicity, and he really I think is smart at bringing out aspects of that logic that is still present today. I’m thinking of Colonel Hans Landa, who I maintain is one of the most brilliant characters to emerge in any film because he represents not the frothing evil of Nazi Germany, but the ambivalent evil of the efficient, bureaucratic professional. But I digress. I liked Django Unchained because Tarantino, like in Ingluorious Basterds, was smart for so long before he started shooting and blowing things up. Which I also love. I love to see that kid come out (yes, I know that it’s actually supremely complicated homage, but I see it the way I see it).
Side note: I read someone say that they missed the usual strong female characters that Tarantino has in his movies. I agree.