‘Django Unchained’ and what I saw.
So it’s Christmas in ol’ Canada and I woke up without a thing to do and white snowfall from the night before. I started my morning with breakfast and a little writing and then I decided I’d go to the cinema and see ‘Django Unchained’. Quentin Tarantino is probably no longer my all-time favourite director but he is a childhood hero and I would never pass up an opportunity to see one of his films on the big screen. Given that he has now announced that he doesn’t want to make films as an old man and considering he’s turning 50 this year (I think?) I probably won’t have many more chances to see a Quentin film in cinema. So I embarked to the theater to see ‘Django Unchained’.
I went figuring there wouldn’t be many at the cinema; I was wrong, dead wrong. This shouldn’t of surprised me, considering that going to the movies on Christmas is being more and more a tradition in households but something else did. ‘Django’ the film I went to see had already sold out, at least the session I wished to attend did. This shocked me quiet a bit. For the first time in a local cinema I was witnessing how much pull a director had on a film.
Yes, Quentin Tarantino is a big name but in a day and age where big name franchises and reboots to big name films dominate the box office I was pleasantly surprised to see a crowd gather for a film because of its artist and not subject matter (although I am sure this brought in people too). In fact there was a line 45 minutes before the film even started, on Christmas no less. It gave me hope as a film-maker. It showed me the audience still cares WHO makes the film. In an era where it seems the majority of movie goers don’t care who’s the director but who the major stars are there are people who, if you make a big enough impression, will want to see your films. The crowd I saw this film in wasn’t just hip, young people either. There were elderly and foreign too, a large variety.
This might seem all kind of obvious I guess y’know, the whole “If you’re famous people will know who you are and pay for your shit!” statement or whatever I am saying here, but recently I have been disillusioned with the experience of the cinema and audience thinking that not a whole lot of people will care if you make an artful film, but I guess they do. Granted this was a very Hollywood film so maybe it’s because of this that it appealed to so many people as well.
Quentin saved me there too a bit. Recently I have been pushing away from American cinema, fighting my way out of their convention and aligning myself with the European art movement and just when I think I have my seat all nice and comfy Tarantino makes a great, exciting Hollywood film that not only myself but the whole audience was truly engaged in. That was nice to see.