There were some small plot holes here and there, and some parts you kind of just have to "go with", but I was thoroughly entertained by this. The acting was *much* better than the previous film. The actors seem to have settled into the roles and aren't trying as hard to make an impression. Their imitations of the iconic actors of the '60s and '70s (Shatner, Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley) come off more naturally this time. And I am very interested in Benedict Cumberbatch now than I was before. I kinda think we will be seeing a lot of him in the future. He was an awesome baddie!
I didn't really expect too much from this one. I was bored on a Saturday night and watched it by myself, like I did with Inglourious Bastards (which was awesome). Tarantino films can go either way with me -- some I love, some I hate. This one has Christoph Waltz in it though, and I love to watch him. He was good in this. Captivating. Also Leonardo DiCaprio was very well cast. Scenes with those two were really interesting and fun to watch. However, this movie is about Jamie Foxx's character. As much as I can't stand Jamie Foxx as a person ("...Our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama!!" -- Jamie Foxx), I kept an open mind about his acting and gave him the benefit of the doubt. The two star rating is for Waltz and DiCaprio. Foxx was awful. I mean he was really, really bad. He can't act. At all. He seemed more like a punk from Compton than a slave from Mississippi. He was almost unwatchable. The only thing that got me through the whole thing were Waltz' and DiCaprio's performances. Despite those, I have to recommend skipping this movie. The message is racist and the payoff for watching it is pretty weak.
I wasn't expecting this to be that good, but it was really fun to watch. The final scene was pretty chick-flick cliche, but the rest of the movie was funny mixed with some good drama and excellent acting. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were better than I have ever seen them. Very mature subject matter is involved, plus a little language to deal with, but worth watching.