I am beyond excited for ‘Django Unchained’! I’ve always loved westerns ever since I saw the Sergio Leone classics as a kid and Tarantino is one of those directors that you know won’t shy away from the brutality and harshness of the genre.
There’s an excellent cast attached to this movie (I’ve particularly been a fan of Christoph Waltz ever since he appeared in ‘Inglorious Basterds’!) and the trailers look really energetic and interesting. We even see an awesome cameo with Franco Nero, the original Django!
But of course, those who commented online on the videos had to sour the experience for me. What is it about people that makes them so stupid sometimes?
Let’s take people’s reaction to Jamie Foxx as the lead in this movie. I think I want to smack every single one of them who commented ‘They should have chosen Will Smith instead!’.
And now let me clarify something. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about casting in movies. It’s fine to have your personal opinion on which actor would do ‘better’ in this role or that, according to your own personal standards. But let’s be honest here, most of those who said Will Smith would have been better in the lead role are white people who feel waaaaay more comfortable with the black leading actor they’re used to! They’re not even trying to look at Jamie Foxx’ performance and judge it on its own, they just think right away “Hey, this isn’t the black actor I’m used to!”. Yes Will Smith is awesome, he made a lot of lame movies a lot more entertaining than they had the right to be by his mere presence. But he’s not the only black actor out there, and there aren’t enough leading black actors of his age range out there either. So shut up about Will Smith already!
And then, just to continue proving too many moviegoers are idiots, the reaction to Leonardo DiCaprio as the bad guy.
From the trailer, it looks like DiCaprio is having a blast with the role and I’m sure he’s going to be a very memorable villain. But a lot of people commented things along the lines of “I’m not sure I like seeing DiCaprio as a bad guy though… I’ll still give it a chance of course, he’s a great actor so he might make it work.”
Wow. Seriously? Yes he’s a great actor, but when you say things like that, and you think you’re being an open-minded moviegoer because you’re willing to ‘give it a chance’, you’re really not. He’s an ACTOR. He ACTS. He portrays different people and different roles. When you say something like that, it just means you want to go see Leonardo DiCaprio, not his performance. You don’t really want to be absorbed in the story and forget he’s actually an actor and not the character you’re watching in the movie! Look at one of the best actors out there, Gary Oldman. The repertoire of characters he’s done over the years are surprisingly varied. He’s an extremely versatile actor, and in my opinion, one of the few out there who’s managed to avoid being typecast, and for that he’s very lucky. Now remember, DiCaprio is playing a role, it could be anything. He’s not just there to play the pretty-looking lead in movies so people who are into men can swoon over him!
People often complain about how producers ruin movies by not being open-minded enough… But the reality is that producers are often right about people! Most moviegoers just want more of the same, and that’s why over the years I’ve learned to complain more about the people who go see movies than the producers of movies themselves.