Movie Review: ‘Django Unchained’


Despite my preconceived notions about seeing the film, Darion and I decided to go see Django Unchained together after hearing SO MANY good things about the film from both reviewers and friends alike. I’ve never been a fan of period films and I absolutely cannot stand westerns so I honestly did not think I’d enjoy watching this movie. After hearing all of the fuss about the generous overuse of the horrid “N” word, I was certain that I would not enjoy watching this movie. BUT, on the advice of good friends, I decided to give the movie a shot. I’m telling you right now, it is most definitely the best film of 2012, at least in my humble opinion.

I remember the first time I saw a trailer for Django, my gut immediately screamed Do not see that movie, it’s only going to infuriate you. Trust me, I believe the adage Those who refuse to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it but there are things in our nation’s history, namely slavery, that I’ve studied extensively and have no wish whatsoever to find entertainment from. But I am very happy to report that Django Unchained is not a sad or tragic film. It is uplifting and really powerful. Anyone even remotely familiar with Quentin Tarantino’s style of movie making knows that he can be a bit heavy-handed with the violence … and yes, there are violent scenes in this movie … but for the first time, I think ever, he manages to use that violence in an intelligently moving way. For me, Django Freeman is a superhero. For me, he exemplifies what all heroes attempt to be. I was ASTOUNDED by how much I enjoyed this film. The acting, the writing, the direction, the music … these are the things my friends like Emma told me that I would love about the film and all I kept thinking while watching the movie unfold was how right my friends were. If you have any reservations about seeing Django Unchained, for whatever reason, I urge you to see the movie anyway. I am SO glad I saw it … I can’t wait to see it again. Beasts of the Southern Wild was, up until yesterday, my favorite film of the year but … Django Unchained snatched that honor at the very last moment.

After the movie, Darion and I made our way to Geisha House for a birthday party for his good friend Bill:

I previously met Bill and his boyfriend Zachary at Darion’s birthday party and got to meet many more of their friends last night. It was really fun getting to meet and spend time with some new folks. While I’ve been keeping myself holed up inside a lot lately, seeing only a few select friends, I think the time is nearing when I’ll be ready to get out there and meet new people. 2013 is going to be that year.

I’m sure a few of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting any Year End Wrap Up posts and for that, I am deeply sorry. I’ve tried, believe me, to craft posts that look back at 2012 with any fondness but it’s been extremely difficult for me to do so … for obvious reasons. Shannon has been doing the excellent work that she delivers constantly and for that, I am grateful … because YOU readers deserve her excellent work. I’m confident I’ll get back in the swing of things hopefully soon. I don’t know that I’m quite there yet but I do feel that things are getting better day by day … slowly but surely. 2012 started off as THE happiest year of my life. Unfortunately, it ended as absolutely THE unhappiest … but I’m still here.

I love you all so much, I hope you know that. I wish you all the Happiest of New Years today/tonight. Please have the best time ever, PLEASE BE SAFE and Have a Happy Happy New Year’s Eve/Day!!

  • Shannon

    Trent, I cannot wait to see Django. I’ve only been hearing good things– from non-Tarantino fans too.

    2012 is about to be DUNZO! So glad that I got to spend so much of it with you Trent. I LOVE YOU. And I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for you– only good things , I bet :)

  • randomdreamer01

    I cant wait to see this movie!

  • apriljan

    Love you Trentbizzle. Happy New Year! Things can only go up from here, right?

  • Rebecca

    Trent, you are a bright, shiny voice that I look forward to hearing, no matter what. I predict a beautiful new year for you. It’s a new era, anything can happen!! XXOO

  • schmee

    I saw Django last night too. There were a few scenes that made me cringe (the dogs and whats going on in the corner when they meet Mr Candie for the first time). I really did like the movie though, it managed to pull off revenge fantasy in a historically sensitive time and still be entertaining

    My one question is…. the scene where Jamie Foxx is upside down. Stunt junk or real?

  • Jennifer Wilson

    i loved this film! i expected to feel meh about it, but loved it. it was difficult at time (obviously) but wonderful performances. LOVED it.

  • kendra

    So happy to have spent another year reading PITNB..My day really isn’t complete without at least a quick check-in to the blog, even if it’s just to see what you’re up to, Trent..Thank you for sharing your life with us and cheers to a new year! :)

  • BCDanielle

    I’m a long time reader of your blog, Trent, and I think you are just amazing. I hope you have a wonderful New Years as well:) All the best to you!

  • Amanda

    Trent – Happy New Year. I truly hope that 2013 brings some happiness and peace for you because you deserve it and even though 2012 has been crappy it has also brought you Shannon. Not only is she awesome (big waves to Shannon), but it has meant that you can take the time you need to heal without stressing about PITNB being neglected.

  • Marilyn Salesin

    You need some nice hot chicken soup, the a warm and fuzzy terrycloth bathrobe…now you’ll feel like going out into that wild and crazy world…and find that very special someone who will make you life whole again…Happy New Year, Trent, and many, many more of them.

  • Jem

    I thought it was an Excellent film!
    Very creative with hints of history. It was refreshing to see an original script.