And.. OHHHHHHHHHHHHMAAAADAYZZ- literally this was my reaction throughout the whole film. I couldn't keep up with all the violence, the plot twists, the ridiculously gory special effects, the language used. It is the definition of 'too much'. But I loved it. And the History nerd inside me was loving all the references to slavery because I studied it last year and I've just begun doing it again. Okay, obviously a Tarantino film isn't the height of historical accuracy and I should hardly base my dissertation on Django Unchained, but if you look past all the theatrics and impressive effects the basics are still the same. And I think I was annoying my housemate by listing off random slavery trivia, facts and figures that I've been learning in class.
I definitely think that Django Unchained has helped steer me towards being more of a Tarantino fan. I'd already seen the Kill Bill films but that was it, however now (after falling in love with Christoph Waltz) I've already watched Inglourious Basterds (again another alternate history film) and was basically foaming at the mouth. Yes, they're ridiculous and violent, but also thoroughly entertaining and I am so glad I took the time to watch Django on the big screen.
They also helped feed my obsession for all things American, and in particular my current fascination with the Deep South (Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi) and the Antebellum Era. I remember seeing the house, Evergreen Plantation in Louisiana, which was featured in Django on a documentary with Trevor McDonald who was travelling the Mississippi River and visited an old cotton plantation that is open to the public and still retains the slave quarters on the grounds of the plantation.