Justin's Review of Django Unchained
The most severe drawback early on in 'Unchained' stems from, ironically, the very quality that Mr. Tarantino's known for: his complete irreverence. With a casual lack of concern for historical accuracy and tact (à la 2009's 'Inglourious Basterds'), Mr. Tarantino, from the get-go, creates a tonal atmosphere of near-boyish glee with his barrage of echoing gunshots, exploding body parts, and extremely black racial humour (pun unintended). At times, you can almost feel him smirking at how stylishly clever and daringly subversive he is.
Despite the first half, 'Unchained' does come together when Django and Schultz finally reach Candie's Mississippi plantation; at which point, Mr. Tarantino's penchant for verbose ballet comes into full form (not to mention his eclectic mix-tape of a soundtrack).
Ultimately, though, 'Unchained' is far too long for its nearly three hour running time, with new editor Fred Raskin unable to control or moderate Mr. Tarantino's indulgence in his own style.
Full review: http://www.soundonsight.org/?p=159779