Django Unchained: how not to cook a Spaghetti Western

Another excellent reaction to Django Unchained . . .

London, Hollywood

ImageIt pains me to say it, but Django Unchained is a mess. Now I love Tarantino. I’ve seen every film he’s made or written, and made sure I ran the first UK cover on Pulp Fiction (shot by Rankin, left). But I’m baffled as to why Django is currently ranked on IMDB.com as the 39th best film of all time.

Where is the narrative economy of Reservoir Dogs? The quotable dialogue of Pulp Fiction? The intricacy of Jackie Brown? The visual panache of Kill Bill? The sheer chutzpah of Inglorious Basterds, with its ending that dares defy history itself?

I’ll steer clear of describing Django’s plot, for the sake of those who haven’t yet seen it. But I will say that, to its detriment, Django is two separate films: one starring Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, the other starring Christoph Waltz, Leonardo…

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