Django: Unchained (2012)
As a True Tarantino fan that I claim to be this is probably in the top of his movies, it’s close for me between this and Inglourious Bastards. The Cast is phenomenal. I would have to say the most impressive would be Christoph Waltz, he continues to astonish me in his acting career, (Water for Elephants, Inglourious Bastards..etc.) Even though he’s a German Dentist turn Bounty Hunter in this movie, still very good acting for me. Another great one in this movie is Jamie Foxx (aka Django) watching his transformation through this movie from Slave, to Freeman and how he develops and deals with the racial bigotry for the time is amazing. Even Don Johnson’s Character (Big Daddy) Played a decent role…the slim version of Col. Sanders…I kid but he does bring a comedic light to the movie, as does alot of the one liners and poetic justice scenes in this movie.
What I love about Tarantino films besides his writing style is the way to incorporate the 70’s music vibe into the films, well it’s not him personally doing it but he gives off that style in his being and his writings, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Bastards, Reservoir Dogs ect. It gives it that cheesy 70’s style to me bringing the B-Movies back with a flare.
Tarantino is one of the most talented writers to me, he has a touch of taking the most weird angle of any argument and developing it into the most intense scene like in Django when they are all around the dinner table and Calvin Candy (DiCaprio) has discovered their plan, he in a battle of wits conveniences them that he’s on to their scheme and will handle the matter. But the best scene that describes what I mean is the argument between Candy and Dr.Schultz in the library as Dr. Schultz goes to cool off and settle the matter calm and rationally with Calvin Candy, as Candy gloats and then it leads to the blood bath that is probably the most thrilling action scene in the movie.
A little Easter egg and fun fact. The Original Django (Franco Nero) from the 60’s – 70’s was in this film as a head nod to the original character. He plays the Italian gentleman opposing Calvin Candy in the Mandingo fight, which explains the awkward scene of him bellying up at the bar next to Django.
As much flack that the movie got being racist the thing you have to remember is this movie takes place right before The Civil War where racism was one of the key factors. So the tolerance of using the N-Word and slavery was acceptable then. People seem to forget that for some reason. This is a historical fiction, spaghetti western style movie so always keep that in mind, and yes Tarantino may have went a tad overboard with using the derogatory word but as a creative artist he does have a right to display the actions he feels is necessary to replicate the time, Do I necessarily agree…no I think it was used a tad too much, but still something to keep in mind with watching this movie.
I say it’s a must see!
This is Quentin Tarantino’s best film to date. At least I think so anyway. With so many things going right for this movie there wasn’t much that went wrong. The cast was just amazing. Jamie Foxx again steals the show as Django. (the D is silent) I say again, not because he’s played Django before but because he is often under estimated when acting is in question. He really is an amazing actor and this movie once again proves it. It was really close to being cheesy and he kept it in check. With Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington & Samuel L. Jackson in this movie there is no way that it can go wrong. There is one but I’ll get to that later.
The writing was very Tarantino like. Just like all of the blood. He has a knack for writing long dialogue tension filled scenes. This movie has plenty of those. They do not disappoint. Neither does the cast. Many times I was just enthralled & captivated by Christopher Waltz & DiCaprio in there respective scenes. My favorite for the good Dr. Schultz was capturing his first bounty on screen. Very Awesome. DiCaprio has to be when he is speaking about the 3 dimples. (did he cut his hand for real in that scene?) Curious. As for my favorite scene with Django? Anyone could guess it was the 2pac laced shootout scene. It had be gushing! Samuel L. Jackson was his first encounter with Django and Kerry Washington’s had to be the hotbox scene. No. Just kidding.
The soundtrack was filled with old 70’s style spaghetti western type songs with the exception of Rick Ross & 2pac on 2 occasions.
Unexpected but somehow fit. This is also very Tarantino-like.
The amount of racism displayed had a lot of people cringing and disliking certain parts of this movie. Yet, I thought it was a little extreme at times. I allowed for it to move me because at the end it makes the payoff more worthy. Then there was the subject of the length of this movie. Yes, it sits at 2 hours and 45 minutes and the first time you watch it may go fast. But as the second viewing is half over you notice that time starts to drag. You know whats gonna happen yet you push through it. I couldn’t honestly give this movie a 5 star rating knowing that it is a hard movie to watch multiple times. If it was about 2 hours I would say 5 star no problem. But this is a slight problem for me.
In the end I was very pleased with this movie. Awesome in fact! If you don’t mind extreme Racial slavery scenes and huge amounts of blood then you will find this movie to have a certain flair for the dramatic. Enjoy.
Comic Book Movie Plus: Jamie Foxx: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Kerry Washington: Fantastic Four 1 & 2 – Samuel L. Jackson: Iron Man 2, The Avengers (acouple other appearances in Marvel Movies), The Spirit
Nudity Bonus: Kerry Washington: 1:34:34 (full/T)