Django Unchained (2012)

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Django Unchained (2012)
  • Time: 165 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | Western
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson

Storyline:

Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django’s wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.

4 reviews

  • Quentin Tarantino has done it again, “Django Unchained” was truly amazing! The action was terrific and the characters were very interesting. Christoph Waltz has yet another amazing performance as Shultz, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx were excellent as well. It’s just quite strange watching Samuel L. Jackson in this role. This movie has a perfect mix of action, comedy, romance, and seriousness. Also, the story line is so perfect. Certainly a masterpiece, another excellent film added to Tarantino’s collection. This movie was a journey that any true movie lover must take!

  • After the critical and commercial success of Inglourious Basterds, I often found myself wondering whether director Quentin Tarantino would top his 2009 effort. It seems like he did in the form of Django Unchained. If you’re a big Tarantino fan, this film will deliver. While it features lots of violence and blood, the film often stays light-hearted because it has lots of comedy here. Tarantino still has his knack for dialogue and he the script he wrote is just amazing and the dialogue is just perfect.

    Tarantino directed a film that features a time when slavery was still prominent in the American South. This film is about a bounty hunter named Dr. Schultz who frees Django and Django joins him in the bounty-hunting business. They come up with a plan to rescue Django’s wife from a slave owner who goes by the name of Calvin Candie.

    If you want to see incredible acting, this is the movie to see. Leonardo DiCaprio surely had a gutsy role and he delivers tremendously and it’s one of his finest career performances. His scene at the dinner table was just fabulous and so abrupt. Very good performance. He is rivaled by Christophz Waltz who once again delivers an excellent performance and eerily similar to his role in Basterds. Jamie Foxx delivers a strong performance and has some of the best one-liners in the film. Also, Samuel L. Jackson added some clever comedy here to lighten things up.

    Overall, I don’t know whether to call this Tarantino’s best movie since he directed many high-quality films like Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill films. But if this is the way to get people to like westerns again, so be it. It’s not historically accurate of course, but this is not meant to be. This film has plenty of gore, guts, and violence and any Tarantino fan will be happily satisfied. I rate this film 10/10.

  • When you have a range of films such as “Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “Jackie Brown” and “Inglorious Bastards” (to name a few) to your name, the bar for a Tarantino film is pretty high. Well I can safely say that “Django Unchained” defiantly delivers!

    Set in 1858, Dentist turned bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), buys the freedom of a slave Django (Jamie Foxx). Schultz is looking for the Brittle brothers to collect a bounty that’s been put on their heads and Django is the only person who can identify the brothers, so In return he must help find and identify them.

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  • The trailer for the revenge western Django Unchained views as another Quentin Tarantino classic, with all the cinematic trademarks that have become synonymous with the writer/director. Tarantino’s bloody camera lens brought us classics like Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs, and raised the bar of discomfort in Inglorious Basterds by creating a brutal revenge fantasy in Nazi-occupied France. But this tale of vengeance in the pre-Civil War South surpasses any level of shock one would expect to see.

    Django Unchained will raise many eyebrows, opening Christmas Day as one of the most anti-holiday movies in recent memory. Copious amounts of blood and over-dramatized, graphic violence are expected when it comes to Tarantino, but I still found myself covering my eyes for more than I was prepared for: whippings, beatings, branding, gladiator-style fighting to the death among slaves, vicious dog attacks and – one of the most uncomfortable – a scene involving castration. This is by no means a Kill Bill revenge tale with slaves. Django doesn’t just use slavery as a hollow setpiece for gunslingers and outlaws; this film goes in-depth to expose the inhumane treatment of slaves in an in-your-face fashion.

    Set in the deep South two years prior to the Civil War, the film follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who makes an agreement with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), an undercover German bounty hunter disguised as a traveling dentist, to assist Schultz in return for his freedom. Schultz additionally agrees to help Django find his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) if Django helps him find and kill the Brittle Brothers (and various other killers) who have warrants out for their arrest, dead or alive.

    As in most Tarantino films, the ensemble cast performs with grade-A acting skills. The humor in the sharply penned dialogue went over well while wrapped around scenes boiling over with tension and suspense. Strong performances were given by Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and Walton Goggins. But the true scene-stealers were the hero and the villain of Django–Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    As the Jew hunter in Inglorious Basterds – the role that won him his first Academy Award – Waltz proved to Hollywood that he had the ability to steal the spotlight from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Django is no exception. His wit, persuasive nature and appropriate silliness provide some of the best scenes in the film. Not to mention his quick draw skills as a bad-ass bounty hunter are more impressive than anticipated. Christoph Waltz proves to be the ultimate killer, but all in the name of the law.

    Django and Dr. Schultz embark on the daunting journey of finding Django’s wife, going from plantation to plantation until they can find Broomhilda. After digging through public records, they uncover her location–Candyland, one of the most well-known, ritziest plantations in the heart of brutality–MISSISSIPPI. Candyland is owned by one of the most notoriously despicable monsters of the South, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who forces female slaves into prostitution and male slaves to fight to the death for sport.

    This could easily be Dicaprio’s greatest performance to date, and in two positions he seldom finds himself–a supporting actor and a villain. The character of Calvin Candie is unparalleled by any role DiCaprio has undertaken. Candie is a twisted freak, a man with no shred of decency or respect for human life. To fully engage into such a repellant character, DiCaprio questioned the morality of the script.

    But DiCaprio understood that in order to retell history in Django, there could be no sugarcoating of his character. The brutality of the villains in Django, the excess of racial slurs and the obscene, gruesome violence were used for a specific purpose: to portray the abject horror of this period in history. Django not only serves as a story of love and unlikely friendship, but also as a visual account of a part of history no one wants to think about.

    Despite the grisly backdrop and gratuitous violence, Tarantino did in fact edit some of the most violent scenes because the footage was too realistic, trimming it down to avoid further traumatizing viewers. In the production process, Tarantino admit that filming a scene where a female slave is beaten by her master brought him and the cast to tears.

    Is the violence too much? Negative. Though Tarantino’s predilection for violence is well-established, it’s extremely gutsy for any writer/director to tackle such a dark part of America’s bloody history and to do it unapologetically. While it may dip into territory too grim or farther than necessary, it showcases the reality of that time period without tip-toeing around our emotions.

    While the 2:45 running time seems longer than necessary (let’s save some of that for the DVD special features or directors cut), and the musical score lacks the impact of David Bowie’s “Cat People” montage from Inglorious Basterds, the pros of Django Unchained certainly outweigh the cons. The outstanding ensemble cast coupled with scenes that will haunt you with the highest level of discomfort prove that Tarantino hasn’t lost his touch. But as gritty as Django is (moreso than any other Tarantino flick), the violence and terror proved a historical point necessary for telling this story. This visionary and brutally terrifying depiction of the old South may be one of the most controversial films of the year.

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