9. Django & Schultz's Needlessly Convoluted Plan - Django Unchained
The Plot Hole
HuffPost Entertainment’s Mike Ryan wrote a review of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained in which he noted the "convoluted" nature of Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. Schultz's (Christoph Waltz) plot to rescue Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Ryan quite successfully argued that Django and Schultz took a number of unnecessary risks by pretending to be Mandingo trainers in order to infiltrate Candie's plantation and liberate Broomhilda. Above all else, the least-risky option was probably to simply offer to buy Broomhilda straight-up.
Tarantino caught wind of Ryan's review and ended up inviting him to meet for an interview, in which the director initially brushed off Ryan's argument, insisting that there would be no natural "in" for the men to meet with Candie.
But Ryan quite ingeniously fired back, "Schultz is German. He heard on the street that there’s a German-speaking woman being prostituted and now he’s interested. Something like that?"
At this point, a slightly flabbergasted Tarantino let his guard down and, for just a moment, confessed that Ryan actually had a point. He said, "No, no, no … that, you know, I mean … that … could work. That could work. Here’s the thing: you’ve got to think of who Schultz is. I see where you’re coming from. But it does sound like you’re thinking what you would do. You have to think about how Schultz would respond."
So while Tarantino ultimately defends the end result as a behaviour consistent with Schultz's character, he nevertheless accepts that Django and Schultz cooked up a far more theatrical plan than was really necessary.
And as long as Ryan shall live, nobody can take that away from him. Bravo.