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Django Unchained - Film Review

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Published September 29th 2013

Quentin Tarantino has a habit of topping his previous efforts with each new film he releases.

This is no exception.

Full of the same blend of comedy, stylised violence, quotable dialogue, over the top characters, and catchy music that is usually out of place yet somehow works, Django Unchained is fun from start to finish.

Much like Tarantino's previous effort "Inglorious Basterds" which period placed a fictional group of Nazi-Hunters who liberate Jews in World War Two-era Germany, Django Unchained takes us back to the days of slave trading in the Deep South of the Old West. Its' protagonist, our mistreated Afro-American slave Django (Jamie Foxx), wants redemption, and reeks revenge down on his former racist masters for the treatment of his bride Brumhilda (Kerry Washington).

Primarily a pastiche on Spaghetti Western-era movies of the 60's, accompanied by elements of familiar scores by the legendary movie composer Enrico Morricone, Django sets the scene well with its unforgettable nod to films in that genre. The lone stranger riding into town to right wrongs and fight baddies is an old cliche, but one that movie-goers will never get tired of.

The use of a particular "n-word", which I shall refrain from repeating here does get a tad tiresome after a while. There are only so many times you can produce an uncomfortable murmur of laughter out of this situation. Although you could argue it is relevant of the time and place the movie is set in. In our politically correct 21st century it seems archaic to use such words that were contemporary and not thought of as taboo in the 19th century.

Christoph Waltz always lights up the screen with his charm, Tarantino was right to recycle him from "Basterds". The character of Dr. King Schultz, the dentist-turned-bounty hunter is a perfect piece of casting that compliments Foxx's revolution-hungry slave, serving as a mentor for our protagonist.
Leonardo DiCaprio is another unforgettable highlight as Calvin Candy, a brutal francophile, and owner of Candyland: a plantation where slaves are forced to fight to the death in boxing matches. DiCaprio truly has come along away from his days as a 90's heartthrob in Titanic!

Samuel L Jackson does what he does best: swear loudly. As Stephen, the head "n-word" at Candy's plantation and loyal friend he acts as the secondary protagonist to DiCaprio, and the irony of his character siding with the white Anglo-Saxon slave masters as opposed to his brethren is a nice comical touch.

All in all this is a fantastic movie in my honest opinion, I know it will not be everyone's cup of tea, and it is certainly more likely aimed at us males but it truly is a ridiculously fun ride!
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I watched Django a couple of weeks ago and loved it!!!! What a hoot!!! Although Di Caprio's character was totally distasteful, he played the character well and believably. Not a big fan of Samuel L Jackson personally, he did play his part well and was glad at what happened to him at the end of the movie. Great movie and Quentin Tarantino's small cameo role was another hoot. Go and watch it for a laugh
by steve (score: 2|134) 2497 days ago
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