I saw five movies less than a month- four of them in two weeks - so I've fallen behind in my movie reviewing. Now that I've tapped out the Oscar nominees, I have time to write a little...
Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz are terrific in this explosive, sly,
funny, but overlong and over-gruesome epic revenge thriller. I read
somewhere that Waltz not only is ideally suited for Tarantino dialog,
but he truly makes the character his own. I couldn't agree more.
Jamie Foxx is solid and unshowy as the liberated slave on the revenge warpath, very much in the quiet, Eastwood model of cowboy.
DiCaprio is having fun but never truly menaces as Calvin Candie. Kerry
Washington is a shockingly passive and silent "madonna" figure. I admit I
have a pretty high tolerance for movie violence, but I had no stomach
for some of the explicit violence; specifically the "mandingo fighting",
where two men fight to the death, and watching a slave ripped apart by
dogs isn't exactly on my bucket list.
Theater Notes: The theater was mostly full and at least half
minorities. The crowd laughed hard at the (many) funny parts, and Samuel
L. Jackson held the audience in the palm of his hand. He completely
AMC Aviation Plaza, Linden NJ, while my wife saw Les Miserables in a theater down the hall...