Okay, I’m back
Here are my thoughts…
If I was a huge Quentin Tarintino fan and if I wasn’t
educated, a conscious thinker and Black (or White), I probably would have loved
this film… probably would have even called it a “masterpiece”
The gun slinging, horse-ridding, cracka killing, slave
revenge fantasy was in full effect! Equipped with your typical Tarintino style
Western backdrop juxtaposed to slave-era take on a blackploitation plot.
The acting was quality and so was the plot but I most definitely have gripes with a few
One being… it’s yet another White Hero movie. Ugh!!!
White Americans cannot, for the life of themselves, create a
freaking movie on the evils of slavery, Jim
Crow, the Civil Rights movement without freaking sticking a damn White Hero in
as the main damn character. Make no mistake, he was the MAIN CHARACTER! Jamie
Foxx serves only as the secondary main character (if there is such thing, I
think QT might have created this new role with this movie)
Two… why are all the most likeable characters (as in funny/well-acted/most
interesting) white???? Sigh.
From the bounty hunter, plantation owners, and plantation
owner’s wife to the damn KKK (it’s hard to hate a character/villain that you
laugh at, right?)
Jamie Foxx had the most redeemable Black character. Every
other Black character was humiliating with no agency/purpose/dept to justify
the rancid humiliation. All of them seemed soulless, submissive, down-right
undignified individuals who had little to no emotions (easier to hate in comparison
to the grotesquely goofy and ungroomed White idiots). One could make the argument
that that’s how Blacks seemed back in those days and my point is that that’s
why this movie was typical. Show me a movie on slavery that humanizes these
dehumanized souls in the way they deserved. I’d take that any day over a White
hero that gives a Black man a gun to kill other Whities.
Why was the worst villain of all, in this movie, Samuel L
Jackson’s Uncle Ruckus-in-flesh, minstrel show character? Why was his character
I mean, it was too much. Just way too cartoonish, felt fake. I feel like he had
more lines than Django himself
Even worst, the most obvious underlying tone of this movie
(which I predicted) was the “why didn’t them slaves just up and kill YT? Cuz
they stoopid submissive Brothas! That’s why!” message.
It’s as if Quentin was saying with this film “Well, if I was
a slave I would have done THIS” which is such a pompous and arrogant way to
approach this complicated history