Movie review: Django Unchained

Django

Details from IMDB:

Django Unchained (2012)

165 min  -  Adventure | Drama | Western  – 25 December 2012 (USA)

Ratings: 8.6/10 from 175,345 users   Metascore: 81/100
Reviews: 575 user | 495 critic | 42 from Metacritic.com

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writer:

Quentin Tarantino

Stars:

Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio |See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan (though I’ll admit to have never seen Jackie Brown) so of course I anxiously awaited the chance to see this movie (it sold out where I live for over a month in theatres, even early shows!). Right from the start of the movie I knew I was going to love it. Quentin has done some of the best soundtracks ever and Django is certainly one of them.Hot smile

It’s a nice simple idea for a film, a bounty hunter rescues a slave, they kill people together and then go find his wife who was sold to another plantation. Of course along the way we are shown the horrors of slavery and the brutal nature of Dr. Schultz (Waltz) and Django (Foxx) as they kill people for money.

Main Points:

The acting is just amazing is this movie. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz are just incredible. Samuel L. Jackson turns in another excellent performance and Leonardo does a great job of being creepy/evil and yet still sophisticated/charming as southern slave owner Calvin Candie.

The movie is quite violent and while Quentin does quick cuts with the gory scenes I would still certainly not want anyone under 17 to see this and one particular scene with dogs is disturbing.

There are so many great scenes so I’ll mention just a couple. I suppose that means…

SPOILER ALERT!

Even though it is primarily a very serious, violent and bloody film there is a very funny scene. Don Johnson (who is also excellent here) is not only a slave owner but a member of the KKK. After Django kills three white men on Big Daddy’s planation (he is never given a name) Big Daddy and many other folks come out to kill him and Dr. Schultz (he’s not much of a doctor as you’ll see). Just before they ride up to Schultz’s wagon they all have issues with the eye holes for their masks. It is a really funny scene and it was a great surprise to see Jonah Hill make a cameo here.Open-mouthed smile

Another wonderful scene is when Django comes back to Candieland to finish off the remaining employees and Calvin’s sister (also more importantly to retrieve his wife Broomhilda). Once he has killed everyone who helped to run the house except Stephen (Jackson) we see that Stephen is not so senile or crippled as he has let on during the movie. Django shoots him in both knees and blows up the entire house with dynamite. Stephen is a very hateful character as he is black (of course) but serves Calvin and his sister above all else. As Django points out he saw thousands of black people die at the ranch and did nothing.

Final Thoughts:

The movie does have a few flaws. As with most of his films Quentin does make a cameo near the end. Quentin is not much of an actor and when you see him it takes you out of the movie a little. Also strangely enough James Remar (who is also quite good here) plays two different roles in the film! It’s like Quentin killed his first character and then decided he wanted more from the actor. It’s just something that takes you out of the film as it makes no sense for two different characters to look and sound exactly the same.

Those minor complaints aside I highly recommend this film. Quentin deserves best director and I would love for this to win best picture. If you don’t mind violence, some gore and a rather long running time (over 2.5 hours) you should really check this out before it leaves theatres Thumbs up. I give it 9/10 and put it on par with Pulp Fiction. Until next time (no promises as to what Winking smile) I am as always…

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