Django Unchained Review
Quentin Tarantino hasn’t made a movie now since 2009 when Inglourious Basterds was released. The movie was a hit, though it did get some tough criticism. Since back in 2009 people have eagerly awaited another Tarantino classic, but was Django Unchained worth the long wait?
Django Unchained deals with a tough subject for many people, the film takes place in 1858 in southern America during the slavery period. Django Unchained’s plot is quite simple, it involves Django (Jamie Foxx) who is a slave. He and his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) were split up when they became slaves, after Django is freed by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), he sets himself the mission of recusing his wife. Though like I stated, the story is pretty simple, it takes you the viewer a wild ride across many different places in America, and most of all, it doesn’t get boring.
If you have seen previous Tarantino movies you know that you are in for a big treat, from the amazing soundtrack that mixes Johnny Cash and rap together, from the magnificent main theme song for the movie, you really get a bunch of different songs and they all fit the movie perfect. Though the movie could be classed as an action movie it does simply more than just action. It blends in brilliantly written comedic parts that had me in tears from laughter. Tarantino knows how to mix both genres of film, he knows when to show over the top action scenes that have you engrossed and asking for more. Then it has the light hearted comedy moments, which all actors do well in. The movies length could be considered one of its low points, coming in at around two hours and 30 minutes, but because of how fantastic the movie is, you never really notice the time fly by. As the film progresses on you only get more drawn into it, there’s not one part of the film that feels as if it is been streched out or even boring.
All the performances in Django Unchained are amazing, the lead role is played by Jamie Foxx, though some of Foxx’s latest films haven’t been good, he really steps up as Django and fits the role. You can see his character progressing as the movie goes on, at the start he is quiet man filled with anger, by the end he is a brave bounty hunter trying to recuse his wife. Other important roles which are played by Christoph Waltz who plays Dr. King Schultz, Django’s savior. Unlike his role in Inglourious Basterds he plays a good guy, which means you can be cheering for him. Apart from Django, he is the star of the show and really delivers with his role. Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t play the role you would normally see him in, in Django Unchained he plays as the villian. He plays Calvin Candie, a slave owner who lives in Mississippi. Though it is a different type of role for DiCaprio, he really fits the his role. Other stars like Samual Jackson, Kerry Washington and Walton Goggins all do excellent in their roles too.
All in all Django Unchained is a brilliant return for Tarantino, everything about the movie is top notch. I’d rank this movie even better than some other classics Tarantino did, such as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. The movie is that amazing. If you are one who doesn’t go very cinema very often and waits for DVD releases, or gets the movies elsewhere, I would highly recommend seeing Django Unchained in cinema.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for Django Unchained, here’s a link to the trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUdM9vrCbow