What a movie. Seriously. Quentin Tarantino has made another (dare I say..?) masterpiece. Ok, I LOVE nearly anything Quentin Tarantino directs/writes so there was no doubt in my mind that I’d love this film. Let me explain why it’s so good…
Firstly the film’s running time is a huge 165 minutes. But I never, ever felt bored throughout all of it, unlike the The Hobbit which has a similar running time.The Hobbit made me feel like gnawing my arm of in some scenes. I’m looking at you 3 stooges-like trolls! (Also on the subject of The Hobbit, how the fuck does it have 8.3 on IMDB?! People aren’t THAT stupid) But with Django Unchained I was always entertained. I can only put that down the dialogue, which feels hilarious in some scenes or freaking intense in others.
Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave in 1858 who, when we first meet him, is being taken across the country by slave traders. The procession of slaves soon bumps into eccentric dentist/bounty hunter Dr King Schultz played by Christoph Waltz. He frees Django and they form a partnership. They soon find out where Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) is being held; a plantation named Candieland owned by the racist villain, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and they plan to free her. It’s also a great comeback for Jaime Foxx, who I’ve always liked since seeing Collateral. He is excellent here, as the bad-ass Django. Now, a lot of acclaim has been given to ALL of the cast, they are all superb, but most critics have been praising Samuel L Jackson’s performance as Stephen, the loyal house slave.
Don’t get me wrong, Stephen is an impressive character who only Jackson and Tarantino could possibly pull off, a character who is FULLY deserving of the praise, but my favourite character is Calvin Candie. Every second DiCaprio was on-screen became my new favourite moment. I don’t think I’ve ever giggled with glee so much in a cinema before, everything he says in his slimy Southern accent got a laugh from me. He also has the most intense scene in the film (without spoiling, it’s the one at the dinner table. With the blood.) Afterwards I wanted to just applaud, but alas, I do not live in America. Also, how was he not nominated for an Oscar?! The fact that Anne Hathaway has a nomination for Les Misérables and DiCaprio is snubbed shows what a joke the Oscars are. But hey, at least Django Unchained has some nominations, including Christoph Waltz for supporting actor and a best motion picture nomination as well (if Les Misérables wins THAT one then I think I’ll snap).
The film (perhaps surprisingly) also has a few kick-ass shootouts. I know it’s a western but action has never been QT’s thing. But it works well, very well, and is one of the bloody shootouts you’re likely to see. It also has a brilliant, anachronistic, soundtrack with my personal favourite kicking off the film:
One thing to note is that this film is not for the fainthearted. It has EVERYTHING in this film; nudity, f-bombs and n-bombs and a super amount of violence. If you’re anything like me, this won’t bother you and you’ll sit there shoveling pick ‘n’ mix in your mouth with a huge smile on your face regardless. I mean, I don’t even know what else to say. It is such a good film. I don’t think I could praise it any more than I have. I am huge Tarantino fan and this has overtaken Pulp Fiction as my favourite. But I’m guessing the majority of Tarantino fans have already seen Django by now, so I’ll address the detractors; GO SEE DJANGO UNCHAINED. It’s a great movie and you don’t need to be an obsessive fan of Tarantino like me to enjoy it. It has an excellent cast, great soundtrack, violent shootouts and somehow Quentin Tarantino has made a western about slavery that is both dark and violent yet at the same time hilarious. This movie my full recommendation and then some.