- I liked Seth MacFarlane as the host a lot. I’d be happy if he hosted again sometime.
- Argo was a bit of a surprise, but nice. I can easily understand why it won.
- We all knew Daniel Day-Lewis was going to win, and that’s great.
- I like Jennifer Lawrence a lot, but I didn’t really think she should’ve won for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
- I’m happy about Christoph Waltz. He’s awesome. Same with Quentin Tarantino.
- Ang Lee winning was a bit of a surprise too. Life of Pi isn’t my favourite film from him, but he’s still a great director.
- I didn’t do that well in predicting the major awards, but I guessed a lot of the others. It’s nice that it can be surprising though.
- I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards!
I actually had to watch this twice before writing this review. And I’m still a little undecided. I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and have been for many years. That, plus the myriad of glowing reviews this got, had me expecting a lot. I wasn’t crazy about it the first time I watched it, but I liked it better the second time. One of my main problems was that it felt so similar to Inglourious Basterds (2009) and also the Kill Bill films, to some extent. It just kinda seemed like Tarantino was doing the same revenge movie, except with African-Americans instead of Jews. I guess the other major reason I wasn’t so keen on it was the character of Django. Jamie Foxx did a great job, but I just wasn’t all that compelled by his character or his relationship to Kerry Washington’s character. I didn’t feel that their relationship was developed enough. It was quite long, which I wouldn’t mind, except that a couple of parts dragged a bit. Now, with all that negative stuff out of the way, let’s talk about what I liked. I loved so much of it! It’s wonderfully shot by Tarantino, and the cinematography was nice. It had lots of great dialogue, of course, though not quite as sharp as other films of his, I thought. There was lots of humour in it too. All Tarantino’s films have a funny side to them, but I thought some of it was a little obvious here. Something else Tarantino is known for is his soundtracks, and he’s delivered another awesome one here. I just wish they had been used more effectively, again, like his previous films. The entire cast was great. Christoph Waltz was fantastic, though not quite as impressive as his turn as Hans Landa. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent and gave what might be my favourite ever performance from him. Samuel L. Jackson was hilarious and amazing. Washington was good, even though her character didn’t get a lot to do. It’s far better than Death Proof (2007), but still not as good as his best work. I still think I’ll need to watch this a few more times before truly deciding how I feel about it. In the end, even the weakest Tarantino film is better than most other films.
I was pretty immediately interested in this film when I found out it was directed by Roman Polanski, and stars four great actors: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. And that’s pretty much what the film is - those actors in a room. They were all fantastic and were a lot of fun to watch. The catalyst for these people meeting is, the child of Foster and Reilly’s characters has been involved in a fight with the child of Winslet and Waltz’s characters. Pretty soon, though, their discussions and arguments become much more about themselves and each other than their children. I enjoyed it, for the most part. I think it got a little silly and over the top in the second half, but it was still entertaining. The ending was pretty lacking too. It was far from perfectly executed, but it was a short, amusing film with a few nice little insights into married couples.
This is one of my favourite ‘little’ moments in Inglourious Basterds (2009) - the cream scene between Hans Landa and Shosanna Dreyfus. The tension in the scene, Landa wishing for Shosanna to eat her strudel properly, the extreme close-ups on the cream… These subtle touches are one of the reasons that make Tarantino so brilliant, I think.