'Django Unchained' Needed More Time; Review and Roundup

'Django Unchained' Needed More Time; Review and Roundup
So far the critics are being kind to Quentin Tarantino's bloody Western-down-South, singing the praises of the film's stellar cast and its fierce yet disturbingly funny confrontation with the most shameful chapter of American history. Division comes concerning the film's length, with some enjoying the epic 165-minute runtime, and others finding it an overbloated self-indulgence. Review roundup below. Tarantino's brilliant script for "Django Unchained" is better than the fun, talky, well-made violent revenge western that he finally relinquished --weeks late--after a long battle in the editing room to get it down to 2 hours 45. This is nothing new for the slow and deliberate writer-director. But Tarantino has been accustomed to working closely with long-time editor Sally Menke,  who sadly died at age 56 last September. She'd get started early every morning; he'd come in noonish to work with her for the day. He trusted her, and she could argue...
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