YMMV: Django Unchained

  • Designated Hero: Some people (case in point) felt that Django was kind of a dick who permitted or committed all sorts of terrible deeds because he thought seeing his wife was more important than all the murder, torture and slavery in the movie.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: One of Candie's henchmen is a woman in men's clothes wearing a mask, who gets a long closeup shot late in the movie... but never does anything remotely important. The original script had her as a Chekhov's Gunman who played a big role in the climax, but her role had to be cut for time.
  • Foe Yay: Django and Billy Crash. None of Candie's henchmen like Django, but Billy is the one that picks fights with him. Django in turn likes mocking him. Their arguing also has a reference to "walking in the moonlight" and has the line "You wanna hold my hand?" Then there's the fact that Billy seems to be rather enjoying himself when he's about to castrate the naked, Bound and Gagged Django and has his hands on his genitals.
  • Fountain of Memes: Calvin Candie, mainly due to being a Large Ham as well as a much different role than one would expect from Mr. DiCaprio
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Django mentions that being a slaver is the lowest a black man can sink, even lower than the "head house nigger, and that's pretty fucking low." In Real Life, house slaves enjoyed a much higher standard of living than the field slaves, earning them a lot of resentment from the rest of the slaves. Stephen, as a villainous head house slave, is basically a stereotype from a 19th century field slave's point of view. In addition, Freedmen were viewed with contempt from whites, but black slaves also showed contempt, as exemplified by Stephen.
    • During the scene in which Schultz buys Broomhilda, Lara plays Beethoven on the harp. There is a somewhat controversial theory that Beethoven was part black. Beethoven was also an admirer of the French Revolution's ideals of freedom, equality and fraternity, put music to Schiller's ode to universal brotherhood ("Ode to Joy") in his Ninth Symphony and penned an opera, Fidelio, which is about a loyal wife rescuing her husband from the chains of captivity. It is almost a motif that the Candies are fans of European authors and composers that would loathe them if they met face to face.
    • What are two Australians doing in the middle of the Deep South? Well, remember that they work for a mining company, and the US experienced its first immigrants from Australia in the early 1850s as miners trying to strike it rich in the California Gold Rush. Presumably these two are former Gold Rush miners who decided to move on to other mining opportunities in the US. The Australians being racist also isn't a stretch - violence and racism against aboriginals in the same time period was virulent.
    • Schultz tells the freed slaves in the intro to follow the north star. The star was heavily used by the Underground Railroad to lead escaping slaves to Canada.
    • In Candie's "Obedience Skull" scene he cites an actual 19th-century science, Phrenology, which continued to be respectable and popular until the early-mid 20th century (when its massive internal contradictions finally became apparent and it was derided as a 'pseudoscience'). Before and after the US civil War, Phrenology really was used to justify the enslavement and contempt of Africans in the USA.
    • Django's blue outfit is modeled after Thomas Gainsborough's famous painting The Blue Boy.
  • Idiot Plot: The entire second half of the film is predicated on the idea that Schultz believes Candie won't just sell him a slave, if he offers way more than she's worth. This is justified, however, as Schultz's flaw is his Complexity Addiction.
  • Love to Hate: Candie is such an over-the-top jackass, it's impossible to not enjoy his despicable villainy.
  • Magnum Opus: One of Quentin Tarantino's top three best films, and his most financially successful to date.
    • Until you factor in recent inflation, in which case Pulp Fiction was technically more successful. Still, though...
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Only a man like Schultz can not only get away with shooting a local sheriff in the middle of the street, but convince the town to compensate him for it!
    • Stephen. He turns out to be the true mastermind behind Candieland, figures out who Django is, what he wants, and how to turn the situation to his and Candie's advantage. All this while putting up a brilliant facade. Most unique of all is that he's not portrayed as a schemer, but a very devoted slave to Candie, bordering on paternal affection.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention."
    • "I like the way you die, boy."
    • "Django. The D is silent."
    • The ending has Jamie Foxx producing one of the finest image-board-reaction-face ever.
    • "I count six shots, nigga." "I count two guns, nigga."
    • "We're havin' whiiiiiiiiiite cake."
    • "WHERE IS MY BEAUTIFUL SISTER?!?!?!"
    • Star Wars' Jango Fett's name is a Shout-Out to Django films, and some enterprising fans have created mash up photos of the two franchises.
    • The whole Regulator scene has become a minor one due to being quite possibly the funniest scene in the movie.
      "I can't see fucking SHIT out of this thing."
  • Misaimed Fandom: People have begun to blur the line with their love of Calvin Candie.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • It is unknown when Calvin Candie crosses it, but one of his cruelest deeds in the picture is ordering the Mandingo slave D'Artagnan to be ripped apart by dogs, just in case you haven't already pegged him as irredeemable from his Establishing Character Moment even before his face is shown. That said, he certainly crossed it by the time he insisted that Schultz shake his hand after forcing him to buy Broomhilda for $12,000, which compared to all his other actions comes across as minor but is more or less the tip of the iceberg; he had forced Schultz to go through with the transaction on pain of her death, and he should've just considered it complete once everything has been signed and the money transferred considering that Schultz is so disgusted with his treatment of his slaves (including the aforementioned Mandingo slave) that he actually refused to bid him "auf Wiedersehen" (which in German means "until we meet again") upon parting ways with him. Normally, sticking to tradition wouldn't constitute a MEH, let alone a puppy-punting incident, but Candie tried to force it on a buyer who clearly wanted nothing more to do with him. No wonder Schultz "couldn't resist" popping him off while pretending to shake his hand.
    • Billy Crash crosses it by nearly burning Django's genitalia off (but for the intervention of Stephen) - that is, if he had any chance of redemption to begin with.
    • Stephen's actions - thwarting Django's reunion with his wife out of spite and then devising the cruelest possible death for him - possibly constitutes a crossing.
  • Padding: At almost three hours in running time, the film is certainly not in any hurry. Some sequences stick out:
    • The scene with the proto-Klan, once they establish that they are going after Schultz and Django, turns into a discussion about the impracticality of the hoods.
    • Schultz pours two glasses of beer, and we see every mechanical process required in that action.
    • Candie takes two plates of white cake and walks all the way across the room to meet Schultz.
    • The writing up of Broomhilda's bill of sale could be seen as this or as a necessarily long scene to draw out the characters and audience's tension.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The ineffectual Regulator group who argue about their impractical hoods.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Upon its release, the film received a good deal of attention for its brutal and unflinching depiction of slavery that hadn't been seen in quite some time. Just one year later it had its thunder irrevocably stolen on that point by 12 Years a Slave.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Slavery is horrible (obviously), but this film pulls no punches and shows us both exactly how hideous the whole institution was, and why so many people (Stephen especially) fought tooth and nail to keep it.
    • The Overly Long Gag where Big Daddy tries to describe to his slaves how to address Django since he's a freed Black Man. The general absurdity about it is pointing just how stupid racism is.
  • Too Cool to Live: Dr. Schultz.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: One of Candie's trackers is a mysterious, unnamed figure who wears masculine clothes and a mask but who is quite obviously female. Late in the film she gets a lingering close up quietly staring at a stereostopic photo, implying she is about to enter the plot in a big way. Seconds later she is unceremoniously shot dead along with the rest of the goons. She was originally planned to have a bigger role, but that was cut out due to scheduling difficulties. It would be revealed that she wore the mask to hide the fact that half her lower jaw had been blown away.
  • What an Idiot: The Australian trio. They get killed by trying to be as accommodating as possible.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • One of the Le Quint Dickey guards sports a well-worn Confederate cavalryman's kÚpi...in 1859? What?
    • Played in-universe. As a costume for his decoy valet character, Django decides to wear a very bright blue suit with breeches and square-buckled shoes, modeled after Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy. Even the slaves think it's stupid: "You mean you wanted to dress like that?!"