Michael Chase Walker’s Django Revisited

django_04-300x200 As I said originally, I found nothing terribly jarring about the use of the “n” word ( which I loathe as much as I do the offending term), but I will defer to African Americans to judge when, how many times, and, if , it is ever permissible. What I do find offensive, if not ruinous, is that Tarantino recklessly, and I think, lazily, if not incompetently, bailed out of the last half of the second and entire 3rd act and just resorted to a mindless, disgusting, Grand Guignol rather than do what a really great screenwriter would have done and crafted a deep and powerful thematic resolution. We’ve recently seen the same thing in Skyfall, and earlier, I think, with No Country For Old Men when the filmmakers started out with something really exciting, but, for some reason could not sustain, or gave up, or, just didn’t know how to finish their stories. William Goldman made a similar charge against “Saving Private Ryan” and we seem to be witnessing a disturbing trend in films that have many good things going for them, only to implode, and spin out of control in the last acts. I was sorry to see Django go that way considering the importance of the subject matter. I believe Tarantino had a responsibility to craft a powerful thematic ending and not let it degrade into utterly irredeemable dross.

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