Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s take on a shoot ‘em up western. He classifies it as a southern film, since it is supposed to mostly take place in the south, *ahem*… even if most the landscape shots are of rolling golden California hills. But we’ll let that slide. No need to point out inaccuracies in a Tarantino film.
Django Unchained is about a former slave working with a bounty hunter on his day-to-day business. The bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz, trains Django to be a bounty hunter with the hopes to make him his partner. After some time, Dr. Schultz learns that Django was married on his former plantation. When Django’s master learned of this, he had Django and his wife whipped and sold to different plantations as punishment. With Dr. Schultz and Django teamed up, they then go on a journey to free Django’s wife from the evil plantation owning and slave-fighting aficionado Calvin Candie. But of course, as with all movies, it’s easier said than done, the difference with Django Unchained is that it has that awesome Tarantino entertainment value.
As with every Tarantino movie, the cinematography is amazing. He has his signature 70’s style of shooting and music. No in frame detail goes overlooked. Every shot is beautiful to look at, some more than others. Even some of the death shots that have mass amounts of blood in them are just mind blowing (no pun intended). The gruesomeness of the killing kind of makes you feel guilty for liking it so much. It’s along the lines of being gorgeous and disgusting at the same time.
The acting is phenomenal, and what else would you expect with this cast? Django Unchained has a ton of names and faces in it. The main cast is comprised of Jamie Fox, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Everyone did an amazing job, but the one that stood out the most was Christoph Waltz. With me only seeing him before in his amazing, and yet creepy performance in Inglorious Basterds, where he was just dripping with evil, it was a delight to see him again in Django Unchained. Waltz plays Dr. Schultz, the bounty hunter who kills people, without batting an eye, that you root for. Jamie Fox does a great job portraying the many different roles Django has to take on throughout the plot. And Leonardo DiCaprio does what he does best. He brings out all his emotion, especially anger, to suck the audience into fearing and hating Calvin Candie. There were moments during the movie where DiCaprio would be creating a tense moment, and I would feel my heart start to race as if I were actually in the room. It was intense.
Tarantino also has a small cameo, as he does in most of his movies, and one of the shots he’s in offers excellent comedic relief. Among the other names you’ll see on screen are Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, and Don Johnson. You’ll be watching the movie and see actors from a ton of other projects you’ve seen throughout the years.
If you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino movies, this is a must see. If you’re a fan of westerns, this is a must see. If you’re a fan of action, this is a must see. If you’re a fan of art films, this is a must see. Let’s just cut to the chase and say you must see this movie. Just be warned that there is an exaggerated amount of blood in it, but remember when you’re watching the movie, it’s exactly that, exaggerated. If you get iffy at the sight of blood, you may not enjoy it to the fullest, but it is still enjoyable. Quentin Tarantino has done it again, and Django Unchained is definitely this winter’s must see movie.
G.I.A. Rating: 9/10
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 165 Minutes