Movie: Django Unchained
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Runtime: 165 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity
This film absolutely blew me away. Being a diehard Tarantino fan, I had some very high hopes for this movie and they were all surpassed. From the very opening second of footage to the last flicker of credits, this piece of cinematic gold, no make that platinum or perhaps unobtainium, will have you thoroughly enthralled. Tarantino uses his classic sense of style to put a twist on the Western genre that we have never seen before.
The story follows a slave named Django (Foxx) who is “purchased” by a bounty hunter (Waltz) for his knowledge on the identities of the notorious Brittle Brothers. When push comes to shove, Django ends up a pretty damn fine bounty hunter himself, so the two go into business together until Django can save up enough cash to buy his beloved wife off plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio). Of course, none of this comes easy and many gallons, that’s right gallons, of blood must be spilt to rescue Django’s bride.
The acting is absolutely impeccable. The Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz duo is a Hollywood-match made in heaven; talk about a couple from opposite sides of the tracks. The characters feel completely genuine the whole way through.
The cinematography is to die for. Modern twists on the classic Western motif riddle the screen and it is enough to make any movie buff giddy. Every bullet fired and every impact is a stroke of paint on a master’s canvas.
This film is also stuffed full of little Easter eggs that would take much too many words to list. However, if you are a fan of Spaghetti Westerns, you may find some throwbacks to the 1966 movie of a similar name, “Django”, to be quite satisfying. And, as always, playing “Where’s Tarantino?” is fun, as he makes a cameo in all of his films.
I strongly encourage you to go out and see “Django Unchained” as soon as your busy beginning-of-the-semester schedule allows. I would go as far as to say Tarantino has set the bar high, even for himself.