12 May 2013

Django Unchained 2012 - REVIEW

Every now and then I like to review a movie that is really not in the horror genre.  Although many many horror fans are also fans of Quentin Tarantino.  One of the things that people appeal to Tarantino for is that he brings something new to the screen with every feature he presents.  It's never the same ole same ole with him.  The only thing you could argue that is the same is the gallons of blood that is spilled in all his movies and I don't think most people, well horror people, are going to complain about that.

The setting is the year 1865 and we see our main character Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz) has just purchased a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) from a couple of brothers that had a line of slaves they were taking home.  Dr Shultz used force to purchase Django.  He needs Django to point out a band of brothers that are wanted by the law.  Dr Shultz is a bounty hunter and he has no Idea what they look like but Django does.  Instantly Dr Shultz explains to Django that he is now a free man and not a slave.  After finding and killing the band of brothers Dr Shultz teaches Django about bounty hunting and is ready to help Django get his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) back from one of the biggest plantations around which is owned by the ruthless Calvin Candie (Leonardo Di Caprio).  Calvin Candie has a group of slaves that he uses for fighting and that is the in Django and Dr Shultz are using to get into Candieland and free Broomhilda.  From there is starts to get a little crazy.  Who will make it out of this deal alive?

After Inglorious Basterds I really did not think Tarantino could put together anything better than that.  Well he did!  Django is a fantastic movie that is extremely well written and as usual has quite an ensemble cast.  On top of the actors already mentioned there are also roles held by Don Johnson who I hadn't seen in anything for a long time, Samuel L Jackson, and even Jonah Hill for a smaller role.  The acting as a whole was fantastic.  The performances that stood out for me was Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Di Caprio.  Praising Leo for anything is hard for me because I am not really his biggest fan.  Guess I have to start realizing he is not the same douchebag that was in Titanic.

True to form of a Tarantino film there is blood everywhere in this movie.  Every time someone is shot the blood tends to splatter.  Maybe a little overkill at times but really can we expect anything less?  Something else that was quite interesting about Django Unchained was the diverse sountrack.  It was kind of surprising
that a film in the old west has rap, hip hop music and just an assortment of everything else.  Each tune that is played really goes with the film though, so it's not like it doesn't make sense. I would give Django 4.5 out of 5 stars.  The movie is a little lengthy at 2 hours and 45 minutes but I was not bored for a second of it.  Stay twisted everyone!

1 comment:

  1. I agree. For being such a lengthy film there was never a dull moment.