I thought I would start a post-release thread, so people can discuss the movie without fear of spoiling it in the Pre-Release thread.
I liked Django Unchained, but I was a little disappointed in the overall product. I've been fine with Tarantino's previous work being homages to his favorite films and genres, but it didn't really seem like he brought much new to the table in this film (other than some contemporary songs for the soundtrack and more blood than the average spaghetti-western).
Waltz's performance is truly amazing though. And I think Tarantino's characterization of Dr. King Schultz might keep me from caring more about Django. When Schultz exits the film, I really kind of lost a little interest in the resolution of the movie (outside of what happened to Samuel Jackson's character). In my opinion, all of the characters outside of Dr. King felt kind of like stock characters. Even Leo's Candy character. I hoped Django and Brumhilda would have a happy ending, but I still was not nearly invested in them as much as Schultz.
Still, I loved the setup and execution of the first hour or so of the movie. The scene in the first town with the sheriff and the marshal was great. The montage scene with Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" was amazing.
Oh, but Tarantino's role and attempt at an aussie accent was completely unnecessary and distracting in my opinion.
What are your thoughts? I'd say Django Unchained is to Inglorious Basterds, what Jackie Brown is to Pulp Fiction (but I get the feeling Django won't be as fondly remembered as Jackie Brown in the years to come).