Django Unchained (2012)
Set just before the Civil War, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a retired dentist who has found better work (and money) being a bounty hunter for the government. He is on the trail of 3 brothers who have a large payout, but he doesn’t know what they look like. He is aware that a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) knows these brothers very well because they were the ones who separated him from his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Dr. Schultz “acquires” Django through clever means and makes him a proposition – he tells Django that he will pay him and free him if he helps him cash in on several bounties til the “snow melts” and then, if he wishes, he will help Django track down his wife. Of coarse Django agrees to “killing white folk for money” and the two set off as partners. Along the way, Django and Dr. Schultz run into several situations they can talk their way out of very carefully, but when it comes to getting his wife back, they have to outsmart rich land-owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his suspicious, loyal, elderly slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).
Directed by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Django Unchained is a bloody, bold, and surprisingly funny action adventure that will entertain from beginning to end. As some of Tarantino films can be, Django can be a little too long and drawn out at times, but for the most part, the plot is full of plenty of details and wonderful dialogue. Christoph Waltz is my favorite part of the film and without him the movie would be pretty plain, but when you add in all the other personalities to support his character, everything feels in place. All the acting performances in this movie are top-notch as anyone could get an Oscar nomination if the Academy so chooses, but my bet is on Waltz. Because of the blood and action, Django Unchained may not be the best fit for some viewers but if you have seen other Tarantino movies then this isn’t anything that will shock or offend you. If you plan to spend your money at the box office, spend it here! Co-starring Don Johnson, Jonah Hill, Dennis Christopher and Walton Goggins.
8/10 Stars – Stylish, fun, bloody and funny – Django will surprise and awe you!
Django Unchained screams Quentin Tarantino, it has the appearance of everything normal and then it takes a sharp left turn or a sharp right turn, you never know which one. The whole film is bloody, strange and yet unexpectedly funny. The whole film is fairly simple, going to the ends of the earth for love essentially. Meanwhile there is a lot of blood, gore and just messed up stuff. What is so great about Djano is Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx. They make quite the entertaining pair, with Waltz doing the large majority of the entertaining because Foxx’s character is just so serious. Leo is impressive as well. I have never been a huge fan of his but lives up to expectations here. The biggest downfall for Django is the length. Tarantino just needs to learn how to edit things down. He gets too carried away with his own thoughts and there was a lot the film could have done without and been no worse off for it. I don’t recommend this film for everyone. You have to have a weird sense of humor and be okay with the strange type of gore. But if you have seen Pulp Fiction you will likely enjoy Django. I think this is definitely one of Tarantino’s better films because at least it has a point while many of the others don’t.
8/10 Stars – Strange, messed up and weird are the perfect words to describe Django Unchained. But that didn’t make it any less entertaining.
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