Posted on 1/23/13 03:13 PM
Christoph Waltz deserves his nomination for best supporting actor this year because, as good as Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio are, without Waltz, "Django Unchained" becomes a mishmosh of racial slurs and a period piece devoid of a higher moral to take away from. Tarantino knows how to bring his film to the edge and dangle it over without dropping it into the gorge below. It's because of this that "Django Unchained" works so well; no other director could get away with the brutality displayed. Tarantino isn't afraid of what his audience thinks of him which allows him to produce his art in whatever manner he chose. The best sequence by far that wasn't even close to being overdone is when Foxx whips his previous masters with the same whip used to whip every other slave there. The unrelenting brutality and un-bottled emotion shows just how precise Tarantino is with his material. I initially thought Jonah Hill would spoil the movie by gracing us with his appearance, but Hill helped with a brilliant exposé on comedy that alleviates the boiling emotions raised from the previous scene. The juxtaposition here couldn't be placed better and comes at such a time where the tone of the film shifts from being a revenge hack and slash to a film about going to whatever length to reach a goal. The dialogue between Waltz and Foxx regarding the legend of Broomhilda sets the second act up so well, I am without words for it. Another brilliant piece that's one scene away from being best picture of the year.