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Django Unchained - Film Review

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Published February 10th 2013


A bounty hunter accompanies a freed slave to rescue his wife, held captive by a cruel and ruthless plantation owner.

A Western is probably not the most appealing genre, but when you put the words 'Western' and 'Quentin Tarantino' together, something magical happens. The result? An all star cast, a critically acclaimed movie and 5 Academy Award nominations.

Jamie Foxx plays a convincing, estranged husband and his wife, Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington, sends shivers down your spine with how well she portrays her character's fear and pain. Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a savage and menacing plantation owner, was so in character that at one point he cut his hand which was dripping with blood whilst shooting (he managed to finish the scene which is kept in the movie). Jonah Hill makes a cameo appearance, but it is a memorable one. The scene stealer has to be Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter pretending to be a dentist, who is played by Christoph Waltz. His charismatic performance is filled with empathy and humility. And yes, he does all this whilst being a bounty hunter!

The movie is fast paced from the beginning, so don't be late. And even though it goes for 165 minutes and Leo doesn't appear for some time, it's so entertaining you don't notice either. It's bloody and violent to the point where it's a little sickening. Prepare for a lot of gasps and quick surprises. In other words, keep blinking to a minimum and if it can be avoided, don't do a loo dash. 4.5/5

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Why? When you put the words 'Western' and 'Quentin Tarantino' together, something magical happens.
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