This has to be the most overrated film I have ever seen.

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AMcLeod's review of Django Unchained

“This has to be the most overrated film I have ever seen.”

★★☆☆☆

written by AMcLeod on 12/04/2013

For me this film is like Inglourious Basterds, just not as bad. While Inglorious Basterds is the worst film I've ever seen, this film is really poor, but still a lot better than Inglourious Basterds.

First my biggest problem with the film is how they use the N word WAY too much. I know that that was acceptable in that time period, but I personally feel that it was used way too much, especially during the last half of the film.

There are good things about this film though, mostly with the first half of the film. The first half, is a bloody, graphic and sometimes funny little western that I enjoyed a lot, surprisingly. The acting was good and the writing was actually pretty funny, especially for the character of Dr. King Schultz (The German). He was my favorite character. I also really liked the music, for the most part. The old style western sounding music was a welcome touch, though I didn't like that song that sounded like a really bad rap song during the scenes during the winter.

However, the bad things of the film heavily outweigh the good things. Everything starts going downhill the second that Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Mr. Candie, showed up on screen. I know that Leonardo DiCaprio can act and can act really good, like in Inception and Titanic. But I really did not like his performance in this film in the slightest. He seemed way to over the top for me. Then there's Samuel L. Jackson's character, Stephen, which really makes things worse. Again, way to over the top. And as I mentioned before, they use the N word way too much to the point where it gets to be annoying to listen to. Another big problem with the second half of the film is that it slows down suddenly to a boring snails pace. This film was advertised for the most part as a bloody, western shoot-em-up and when it slows down like this, it just leaves you frustrated and bored to death. Though admittedly, the shoot-out at Mr Candie's plantation near the end of the film made up for it because of how bloody and fun it was to watch.

Unfortunately, that doesn't save the film that much. While this film isn't the worst I've ever seen, it is the worst of 2012 I've seen and the most overrated film of that year. I hope Quentin Tarantino steps up his game and starts making better films than this. I'm not a fan of his films but I know that he makes good films or at least parts of good films, because I did like parts of this movie. But this film is not it. Not the worst, but doesn't deserve all the praise it's been getting.

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