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Django Unchained - Film Review

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Published February 3rd 2013
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Django Unchained is the latest production to come out of Quentin Tarantino's sleeve since Inglorious Bastards. And well, it proves to be quite the typical Tarantino movie, with its own set of plot twists, contrasting yet complementing styles of music, modern cinematography and a blockbuster cast

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Django Unchained (Movie Poster)

Django Unchained is filled with a bursting set of talented people who make this movie enjoyable and entertaining.

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Jamie Foxx (Source: Wikipedia)

Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman - a slave who is separated from his wife and is sold to the Speck Brothers.

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Christoph Waltz (Source: Wikipedia)

Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz - a crafty bounty hunter who uses charisma and charm to woo his victims into his hands in exchange for the reward offered for their heads.

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Leonardo DiCaprio (Source: Wikipedia)

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie - a charismatic but heartless plantation owner, with Django's wife as one of the slaves on his property.

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Kerry Washington (Source: Wikipedia)

Kerry Washington as Broomhilda Von Shaft - Django's wife who is sold to Calvin Candie. She speaks fluent German which makes her a rather valuable slave.

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Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L Jackson as Stephen - Calvin Candie's loyal house slave who is suspicious about Django and Broomhilda's potential history.

Directed to be an epic Western movie, the setting is based in the year 1858 (two years before the Civil War), where slavery and heavy racism existed. Black slaves would be chained together and transported across the country on foot. Django (Jamie Foxx) is one of the male slaves who is taken by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in order to aid him with his bounty killing missions. They then embark on a journey to rescue Django's wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). This brings with it a series of killings, gun fights and captures.

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Django and Calvin Candie in Django Unchained


[Please note that there are spoilers ahead]

In terms of the movie cinematography, there were some great close ups of the characters to capture their emotions and their behaviour at certain points of the film, but I personally believe there were a couple of shots that were unnecessary. For instance, there is a woman who has covered her face and keeps popping up on the screen, observing Django, as though she is a significant individual in the storyline, but she doesn't end up getting revealed to be anybody in the movie.

Also, as we progressed with the scenes and reach the part where Dr. Schultz ends up getting killed over a minor gesture after rescuing Django's wife from Candie, it seems almost ridiculous to kill off a character like his, which wooed the audience and captured their attention from the start of the film. Personally, the movie seemed to have lost its plot after this scene, as there wasn't really much to look forward to after.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie (Source: iMDB)

Lastly, I'm aware of Tarantino's old habit of producing a cameo character of himself, but why did he have to be Australian? Apart from the terrible accent he put up, it seemed to be a desperate attempt to bring around the conclusion of the film in a rushed manner. It was irrelevant to Django's future actions.

Don't get me wrong - it's a good movie, and people should still go watch the movie, because it has got its perks of being a fairly decent piece of entertainment. Overall, I'd rate it another average film, but with the label "Tarantino" spread all over it.

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Jamie Foxx as Django

Definitely feeling divided on my thoughts on the movie, I'd still give it a shot, if not for the sloppy storyline, then for Foxx's amazing body (of which not enough was portrayed in the movie). And maybe my re-ignited love for John Legend's beautiful voice, which is used in the soundtrack of Django Unchained.

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