This Rotten Week: Predicting Django, Les Mis, And Parental Guidance Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2012-12-23 15:02:07discussion comments
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Presents wrapped? Stockings stuffed? Cookies and milk sitting by the fireplace? Plenty of booze set aside? Umm, other stuff going on if you don’t celebrate Christmas? Whatever you’re up to right now we’re here to put you in the holiday spirit with this week’s slate of movies. Well, that’s not exactly true, these films being about as far away from the holiday spirit as possible, but we can still have a little fun. Let’s start Christmas break with escaped slaves, French musicals and babysitting.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Django Unchained
I’m going to make a bold statement here so prepare yourself. Quentin Jerome Tarantino is good at making movies. BOOM! That’s the kind of hard-hitting, informed, cutting-edge “journalism” you come here for and I don’t plan on backing down from controversial statements. Tarantino is good. In fact, to go one step further, he’s a f@#$ing genius who holds himself to a higher standard than just about any other director out there. He’s a genre dude who’s homage style often produces movies that are equal parts quirky and layered analysis of the human condition. (Which is to say they deal with deeper issues in an avalanche of blood.) He’s covered martial arts, gangsters, Nazis, drug dealers, stunt men, while at the same time commenting on faith, family, love, exploitation, genocide, good, evil and a lot of other shit in between. And now he’s rolling a commentary about slavery through a spaghetti western. He probably says to himself, “Why not? I’m Quentin f@#$ing Tarantino.”

Jamie Foxx is Django a slave freed by Dr. King Shultz (Christopher Waltz making up for the sins of Colonel Hans Landa by icing slave owners) and trained to be a bounty hunter. Leonardo DiCaprio is a sadistic plantation owner. A bunch of other famous/ B-list actors and actresses cover a variety of roles in a story about dudes killing other dudes in a number of over-the-top ways all while the white man gets his comeuppance. So yeah, it’s a Tarantino film.

The consensus is already in and critics love it. At 92% with more than sixty reviews in it’ll undoubtedly be at the back end of the Oscar discussion. No chance it wins but having it in the discussion just further solidifies Tarantino in the upper echelon of the all-time greats. A guy who took a bunch of other B-styles and created one larger form that’s all his own.

The Rotten Watch for Django Unchained is 90%
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