Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sukiyaki Western Django

A lone cowboy rides into town with information on where gold may be found. As he stands in the center of town the two rival gangs (the Reds and the Whites) shout their offers and flex their muscle. The two gangs have taken over the town (with one taking in the sniveling sheriff) and have run almost everyone else out leaving just themselves. The lone cowboy goes with an old woman who has ties to both gangs and learns the tales of both groups. As the story unfolds, sides are chosen and secrets are revealed. Oh, and you migth also want to know that they are Asian. This town in the wild west of the U.S. is an interesting mix of cowboys and ninjas from the weapons they use to the clothes they wear. I'll do my best to explain it a little more in the ratings below, but for a better understanding I would definitely recommend checking out the trailer below.

Original Release: 2007
Running Time: 121 minutes

Death - $1
This is a quantity vs. quality issue for Django. Considering the fact that there are revolvers AND katanas, I just don't think they killed enough. But there is some great movie death moments including a sword getting implanted in the top of someone's skull and a big whole being blown out of someone's torso followed by an arrow being shot THROUGH said whole into another guy. You just can't find this kind of stuff on Lifetime.

Repeat Play - $1
This is a great movie for ironing. If your head isn't pointed at the screen the whole time it doesn't take away too much since the whole thing doesn't really make much sense. That actually sounds a little mean. Whether you pay close attention or not, Django is a very interesting watch with the blended style of samurai and cowboy styles. If you are looking for a movie that isn't your everyday ro-comm or over produced action flick then this is a fun little break from the norm.

Shock Value - $1
There are some interesting twists but the entirety of the movie could be considered shocking since you don't trily know what to expect (or at least I didn't, but I don't get out all that much). If you are able to predict every twist of this movie then you must be some sort of psychic and should be able to find a much better use for your talents. Maybe you could go on a game show or be like that Mel Gibson movie "What Women Want". I'm just saying, you really should be using it for more than just taking the pleasure out of watching movies. Moving on...

Action and Ass-Kickery - $1
I might be judging harshly here but I don't feel like there was enough intensity here to get a full rating. While there is a good amount of action, there are some definite lulls in between. To quote myself... Need more 'splosions.

Billicious - $1
It didn't completely knock my socks off, but I am glad I bought Sukiyaka Western Django. The concept is interesting, the presentation is amazing, and it's just a good little time. I don't know how many of my friends or how many of you (we're more acquantances than friends... you didn't even invite me to that BBQ) would really appreciate this one, but I still think you should give it a try.

Total Rating: $5

If you ever asked yourself what the love child of Bruce Lee and John Wayne would be like... here's your answer. I don't really know what more to say than that. My words cannot possibly do the film justice so I suggest you watch the trailer below and if you like it then give the full movie a try. I don't think you will be disappointed in either case even though this was not a very high-scoring review. And as always, feedback is welcome!

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