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Django Unchained (2012)

Review by CJ

Director:
Quentin Tarantino

Starring:
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Other notable appearances:
Dennis Christopher, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, Jonah Hill, Zoë Bell, Tom Savini, John Jarratt, Quentin Tarantino

Running time:
165 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds

 

Freed slave Django Freeman (Foxx) engages the help of bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Waltz) to help him find and free his beloved Broomhilda (Washington) from the tyrannical Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).

Similar to the disclaimer for my review of The Hateful Eight, it is worth mentioning that there are a lot of racial slurs used in Django Unchained. While this portrays the language used at the time in which the story is set, it may distress some viewers. If this is something that bothers you in a film, then these aren’t the celluloids you are looking for.

Django Unchained is a great story of what a man in a Tarantino movie will do to save the woman he loves. Our eponymous hero has the laser focus fans of Tarantino have come to expect from many of his characters. It is fascinating to watch and Foxx delivers a compelling performance as Django.

Speaking of good performances, is there anything Christoph Waltz has done in which he wasn’t magnificent? Every role I see Waltz perform is exceptional and his work in Django Unchained is no different.

Kudos do need to go to DiCaprio as well. Having known the story behind his bloodied hand prior to seeing Django Unchained, it was both cringeworthy and entrancing to watch the famous scene. Gross blood/dedicated performance aside, DiCaprio is magnificent as the nefarious Calvin Candie.

At nearly three hours long, Django Unchained could have felt very long but it didn’t. Unlike many films of this length, Django Unchained is full of good action, interesting dialogue and engaging plot points.

If you enjoy Tarantino films like Inglorious Basterds or action films with a big chunk of story, then Django Unchained is worth a look.

Rating:

“Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.”

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