Django 2023 / An okay, though underwhelming, reimagining of the classic 1966 Spaghetti Western


Not to be confused with Django Unchained, the Italian-French show Django recalls the classic 1966 Spaghetti Western in today’s production style. The series doesn’t share the exact same plot points, but it does acknowledge the violence towards those in the margins, specifically outcasts like Black rangers and queer people, rather than prostitutes. Fans of the genre might appreciate the casting, as it questions our assumptions of the Old West the same way the best Spaghetti Westerns have done. However, the plot does play out like a regular Western, while its grim storyline and mishmash of accents might turn off casual viewers or viewers new to the genre.

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