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Friday 4 January 2013, 12:14

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Here is my very first response to Django Unchained - the new film from Quentin Tarantino.

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    Comment number 1.

    Sounds from the review like it's a normal Tarantino film, overstretched but generally enjoyable, with great characters. Very much looking forward to it.

    Glad Quention Tarantino isn't in it too much though. Whenever he comes on it's slightly awkward.

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    Comment number 2.

    I do long for the warly days, when his films were pacey and every scene was vital. Recently watched Kill Bill Vol. 2 again and realised it really is not a good film, especially for fans of the first one. I did enjoy Inglourious but also thought it was too long, so not sure what I'll think of Django.

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    Comment number 3.

    I was a big Tarantino fan in the days of Pulp Fiction and, especially, True Romance, but I think Will Self hit the nail on the head when he described him as a pasticheur.

    Films should be about reality made into a narrative; Tarantino just takes bits from other narratives and plays with them. He knows little about reality; everything he knows he got from other films.

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    Comment number 4.

    For me this was a complete and utter surprise of a movie. I disagree with the good doctor on the length of the movie. I did not see that time go by whatsoever. It whipped by so fast that I didn't notice it. The Dr seems to have a problem with the length of movies these days; is this the new 3D rant?

    A good movie is no longer or shorter than it needs to be.

    As for the racial issues and the "n" word ... that was played beautifully. It was completely in line with the context of the movie and time. When we watched the movie on the second day of release, we were literally one of maybe 10 "white" people in there. The usual TylerPerry trailers before hand definitely played to the audience. But the whole place lit up with laughter and applause.

    Yes applause. This only the second time this year I have had the honor of being in a room where people clapped (LesMiserables was the other one - but that was to be expected).

    This movie made it to the top of the year for me, with only days left.

    (interestingly i am not allow to write the "ginger" word on the BBC site here has it seen as profanity)

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    Comment number 5.

    With regards to the "n-word" watch this.



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