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Django Unchained- Burdened with Genius

I am a HUGE Quinten Tarantino fan, and still list Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Inglorious Bastards as three of my all time favorite flicks. I had mixed emotions Christmas night going to yet another heavy slavery film, especially in light of all the tragedies that have occurred this season.

Spike Lee’s boycott of the film as well as all the hype about the N word being used over 150 times and the blood and gore left me unsettled, however, I couldn’t resist seeing what Mr. Tarantino would have in store.

Spike Lee has had a long standing issue with the racial epithets in Tarantino films.

Lee said: “I’m not against the N word… and I use it, but Quentin is
infatuated with the word. What does he want? To be made an honorary
black man?

Tarantino responded with:

As a writer, I demand the right to write any character in the world that I want
to write.I demand the right to be them, I demand the right to think them and I demand the right to tell the truth as I see they are, all right? And to say that I can’t do that because I’m white, but the Hughes brothers can do that because they’re black, that is racist. That is the heart of racism, all right. And I do not accept that… That is how a segment of the black community that lives in Compton lives in Inglewood, where Jackie Brown takes place. I’m telling the truth. I would not be questioned if I was black, and I resent the question because I’m white. I have the right to tell the truth. I do not have the right to lie.

Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a slave who kills slave owners deep in the south while trying to rescue his wife from brutal plantation owners. Spike Lee said he is boycotting this bloody massacre as it is an insult to his ancestors.

I’m a Spike Lee fan and I appreciate his concern, but let me just say… he is missing out! Tarantino did not disappoint. From the moment the film opened, the all star cast which included Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio kept me spellbound and on the edge of my seat. The sound effects, plantation settings, and acting were stellar.

Yes, it was HEAVY, but oh, the dialogue, scenery and the sweetest revenge make the misery palatable. My favorite line… “He was not burdened with genius.” Well, Quentin Tarrantino was indeed burdened with genius in this script!

Bravo!