You all know by know that I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan. But I completely escaped my notice, that I had never written about Django Unchained! That’s needs to be changed right away!
Bounty Hunter Dr. King Schultz acquires the slave Django to help him identify some of the guys he’s looking for. In exchange for that he offers Django his freedom. However, once the job is done, they become partners. Dr. King Schultz even agrees to help Django free his wife Broomhilda who is a slave at Calvin Candie’s plantation…
I am delighted to say that with Django Unchained we get another typical Tarantino masterpiece.
First of all, the actors are superb. Christoph Waltz is beyond perfect in his role as Dr. King Schultz, although I still think he was a bit more brilliant in Inglorious Basterds. But he is not the only big name in this film. Jamie Foxx is intense as Django and Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as Calvin Candie can only be described as haunting.
Furthermore, the setting is super authentic. Although there are a few historical inaccuracies, it’s in general a very well researched movie. Of course it’s not a documentary but a film made purely for entertainment, so I don’t understand why some people were picking on every little historical detail.
Another one of Django Unchained’s big strengths (just like it is in every other Tarantino movie) is the divine soundtrack. Several songs were taken from old westerns, like the 1966 film Django which was a big inspiration for Tarantino. Along with that we also get some very modern songs and despite my expectations it works out very well. Even the newer songs blend in perfectly with the atmosphere.
Let’s talk about the story itself. Tarantino brings up quite a bunch of controversial aspects. But he deals with all them in an interesting and authentic way. Some people criticised Django Unchained for being too violent but that’s what typical for a Tarantino film. What needs to be mentioned is that violence is always balanced in his films. It’s good vs. bad and each side does what’s necessary. Apart from that the movie amazed me with many brilliant dialogues. There are tons of quote-worthy material in there!
In general it can be said that despite the almost 3 hours of running time, Django Unchained is a fast paced and fascinating film. It never got boring and after the lights came on in the theatre, I couldn’t believe that 3 hours had already passed. Despite the dark tone of the movie, there are some very funny moments that make it even more worthwhile.
So, just like I expected, Django Unchained is another outstanding piece by Quentin Tarantino. The story is thrilling, the characters are unique and intense. The soundtrack is atmospheric. We get a stunning and fascinating film that’s like nothing on that subject I’ve seen before.
Did you see Django Unchained? Let me know in the comments what you think!
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