1. Was the level of blood and gore in the film necessary?
2. Is it okay to leave the theater feeling empowered and validated as a result of seemingly justifiable revenge and what does that say about one's perspective regarding retaliation for unspeakable cruelty experienced by the slaves?
3. Does it make more sense to have more animosity towards the Samuel Jackson character than the white perpetrators of atrocities against the slaves and was he ultimately redeemable or should he have been dealt with in the way that Django dealt with him?
4. How should feelings be processed towards the Mistress and her ultimate fate?
5. Given the gun debate in the United States at this time, what is the ultimate conclusion regarding guns during that time, particularly in terms of self-defense and retaliation/revenge by the slaves?
The bottom line is that so as not to give-away any essentials of the film, I won't provide answers to the above questions. However, I will say that the film may leave one thinking about these questions and more, upon exiting the theater and for many hours after. Usually, that is a sign that the film was thought provoking and intense and as a result possibly worthy of praise. I do have to point out that Spike Lee, although he admits that he has not seen the film, indicates that he will not see it and that it is disrespectful to ancestors. As one who feels that Spike Lee's perspective as a filmmaker is worthy of consideration, I take this to heart. Perhaps an analysis of whether this film contributes to the legacy of the ancestors of Black/African American people is warranted which is what I will embark on in terms of my own thoughts. How does this film ultimately reflect the experience of my ancestors? It is a tough question, which may only be answered by assessing how you feel in the moment that the credits roll at the end of the film and you walk out. Ask yourself do you feel redemption, betrayal, animosity, pride, shame, etc. and let your own perspective be your guide. Nevertheless, in terms of the character, Django, Kugichagulia (self-determination) was definitely exemplified.
As for the hair of the protagonists, Django and Broomhilda, in the film, natural hair was definitely showcased, which is historically accurate and definitely showed that the film embraced the fact that Natural Is Cool Enough and that is N.I.C.E.!