Carson, I trust your judgement on movies more than most
would you really pin Django below Basterds and Jackie Brown?
Absolutely. Basterds was much, much better in my opinion.
Django was great. It was a very, very fun movie. It just wasn't as Tarantino-y as I hoped. It didn't have the incredible scenes or the clever dialogue as in his other movies.
The humor in QT's movies is, and I don't mean to sound pretentious, hard for the general population to catch on to. For example, I watched Jackie Brown with two buddies and they didn't even laugh at the scene where SLJ puts the guy in the trunk and tells him to pop out. I was in tears, and it was like the 100th time I've watched the movie. It gets me every time. I feel like, knowing who the projected audience was (yswidt), he dumbed down the humor a bit. The laughs came from pretty run-of-the-mill humor, not the clever, quippy writing that we're so used to seeing from Tarantino. My dad is a huge Tarantino fan, and he felt pretty much the same way.
There also wasn't as great a supporting character roundup either. The three characters who were really interesting were REALLY interesting, and the actors did an amazing job. The rest of the characters were pretty cardboard IMO.
It was a very good movie, so don't get me wrong here. It was a blast to sit through. Even though it's at the bottom of my QT Totem Pole, it's still better than any other movie I've seen this year. That's how good QT's filmography is. I do agree that people are raving because they just saw it and it's so fresh and popular right now.
I firmly believe that Tarantino is one of those directors whose movies get better with each subsequent viewing, and Django will be no different. I'm going see it again this weekend.
If you are a fan of Peckinpah's movies, you will LOVE it. There are so many tributes to Peckinpah's work.