It’s bold, it’s beautiful, it’s a sheer delight… and a more disciplined approach might have made a masterpiece out of it.
-Rob Vaux, Mania.com
Tarantino’s spaghetti western of the American South is an untamed blast of stylishly rendered, outrageous entertainment.
-John Wirt, The Advocate
A new Quentin Tarantino movie is something I always look forward to and Django is no exception. Not all of them hit the mark for me, but they’re always interesting at the least and borderline genius at best. Pulp Fiction has been one of my all time favorite films since I first saw it and his others typically find a place in my yearly top ten lists. Django Unchained will most likely do the same.
If Inglorious Basterds is Tarantino’s revisionist history masterpiece, Django Unchained is him getting the rest of the revenge out of his system. This is a brutal, blood soaked hero’s journey and Quentin, as usual, gets the last laugh – whether it be Kill Bill‘s Bill or Hitler and the Nazis (Basterds) and now to slavery and plantation owners in Django. Let’s just say the slave owners don’t end up faring too well in this film.
It definitely would have been interesting to see Will Smith play Django, as was once rumored before the cast was finalized, but Jamie Foxx is flat out awesome as the character. For a relatively quiet performance, Foxx is great exuding all the slow burn, built up intensity that Django unleashes.
I’m curious as to what makes you so curious.
I like the way you die boy.
Django, the ‘D’ is silent.
Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s NOT to like?
Leonardo DiCaprio breaks the mold and plays the first major villain of his career as plantation owner Calvin Candie, and he is exceptional. Cristoph Waltz, once again puts on an absolute show acting under Tarantino’s direction, playing bounty hunter/Django’s mentor Dr. King Schultz. Quentin builds the perfect amount of tension between the two characters during a few extended scenes and it really pays off.
Not only is Django a violent revenge fantasy against slavery, it is also one of the laugh out loud funniest movies of the year. That sounds strange coming from a movie that deals with such sensitive subject matter but Tarantino is a master of weaving humor and lighter moments among the brutality.
Though not as masterful storytelling wise as Inglorious Basterds was, Django Unchained is a wildly entertaining entry in the revenge genre from Quentin Tarantino. An outstanding cast of characters (Even Samuel L. Jackson shows up as one of the more interesting supporting characters you’ll see this year) make up for a bit of unevenness with the plot. The usual lengthy dialogue scene or two show up here, but don’t slow the pace down as much as you’d expect. See it.