Originally Posted by flickchick85
Everybody loves Django the same way they loved Inglourious Basterds: a great time, but hardly "The One" for Quentin. From what I've gathered, it's a hyper-violent hilarious crowd pleaser. Nobody's describing the movie as Tarantino's crowing achievement or anything, so I don't expect it to get too much awards love outside of the screenplay, acting and technical categories.
But then, I wasn't expecting Zero Dark Thirty to sweep everyone off their feet like this either, so who knows. I'm very much looking forward to ZDT, because at this point the only other "contenders" that I've been particularly impressed with were The Master and Life of Pi. I very much enjoyed Lincoln, The Silver Linings Playbook and Argo, but I personally wouldn't have declared them BP material. I also saw Anna Karenina today, and would probably put that one above those 3 as well. So while I truly did enjoy them all, I can't help but feel a little let-down by the "front-runners" so far.
That said, I'm kinda loving how up-in-the-air this race has been this year. It's not as much fun when the winner was already made clear way back in September at TIFF (which is basically what happened in the last 2 races).
I'm hoping ZD30 or Les Miserables or Django will sweep me off my feet. I really liked Lincoln and SLP and more respected Argo than loved it, but none of them blew me away.
I am kind of intrigued you thought Anna Karenina was better than Lincoln and SLP. I thought it was a very pretty looking movie, but was too overdone with its "high society is a stage" concept to make the story interesting. It felt like Wright had become bored with period pieces to me and did this to keep himself interested to the detriment of the story.