Django Unchained (2013) Review
Django Unchained is a fantastically entertaining and fun spaghetti western film which when looking at the source material of slavery and revenge you wouldn’t think very possible. However here enters Quentin Tarantino and it’s what you get. The story was strong and whilst it went on in some areas for the most part it was excellent. The acting and characters where excellent with Jamie Foxx playing the lead role brilliantly and an always enjoyable performance from a new favourite Christoph Waltz. The dialogue was great and so quotable it’s mad. The sound was something I didn’t expect to be so fun and entertaining as it jumped from new rap to old western it really fitted in well. In the end though I found the best part of this film was its humour which is so weird and yet ended up making me dying of laughter with the whole audience watching some of the scenes.
Dr. King Schultz: “You silver tongued devil you.”
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave.
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Story: 90% Acting: 100% Visuals: 95% Dialogue: 100%
Action/Pulp: 100% Style/Sound: 95% Characters: 100%
The story is brilliant and fun, however it had some pacing problems down to some parts that just lasted a little too long but that’s a small problem. I am a sucker for a good revenge story and it doesn’t get much better than a freed slave saving his wife from a cruel plantation owner and killing those responsible for it. This fascinating revenge story allows for great characters and brilliant performances from its all-star cast. The acting is easily one of the best parts of this film you have so many brilliant actors and each of them with a fascinating character to play. Whilst Jamie Foxx is great in the role he isn’t my favourite however this isn’t his fault as I have never seen a film with so many scene stealing characters. Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz was absolutely brilliant and as one of my guilty favourites from Inglorious Bastards it was good to have him as one of the good guys and he plays it just as good, he is a truly talented actor and brings both intensity and fun to his character. Something I didn’t expect from this film was a great relationship develop between Django and Schultz as they work together and become friends, it was surprisingly nice as he taught him to read and shoot but my favourite would have to be the German story of his wife’s name.
It’s unusual I have to go onto two paragraphs for this section. Let’s talk DiCaprio’s role as the slave owner as it wasn’t what I expected, the character was simpler than I expected and whilst cruel wasn’t very calculating or smart but this does lead to understand Samuel L. Jackson’s character coming into the fold. Stephen played by Jackson is the real brains behind the operation and is the real person behind the cracking whip, this role is so strange for him to play but he does it so well and with such a warped relationship with Candie that it makes for some great performances from both. The N word being used so casually is something you have to get used to but as you watch it the use becomes understood as it was used very casually back then and getting all of the characters to say it with no reaction to it really adds to immersing you in the world of Django.
The visuals in this film where great and had a lot of beautiful shots of landscapes and brilliantly assembled set pieces that all help fool you into believing the story, but that’s not all in a Quentin film as blood and violence are always around the corner. The visuals on the bullet wounds are getting a real pulp injection in this film with the over the top exit wounds and sheer amount of flowing blood that pumps out of the bodies, I was getting a lot of Kill Bill flash backs when the slave house shoot out started. The action worked brilliantly and all played out as fun and entertaining as possible, whilst I say that I honestly think if it was just the characters shooting people it wouldn’t nearly be as entertaining as with the brilliant character reaction before and after, like a Schwarzenegger shoot out with him uttering a one liner, it doesn’t have the same feel and so with this film the characters reaction around the violence make it so great, for example Dr Schultz’s actions after shooting that towns sheriff was brilliantly entertaining, that woman fainting was hysterical. The style and sound in this film were very clever and used to great effect to change the mood and setting from the slavery on the plantations being very controlling and hot to the freedom of the open plains and mountains in the cold winter.
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The best reviews I found would be these “As in all of Tarantino’s best films, there is a strange and brilliant magic at work here; a dark, bubbling alchemy of art and junk” Robbie Collin. “Exciting, entertaining, funny, dramatic and edgy, Django Unchained is also intelligent and sometimes touching, often bloody and yet – in the end – a romantic softie, too” Andrew L. Urban. “Waltz anchors this film brilliantly so that Jamie Foxx as Django and the rest of the all-star cast can fit into Tarantino’s latest heady mix of styles” Graham Young. “If only all films could contain such precise dialogue and such distinctive characters. I’d be entertained every time I went to the cinema” Matthew Toomey.
My favourite scene would have to be that scene when all the bag wearing KKK type people all start arguing over having to wear the bags, it was so wrong but so funny at the same time. My favourite line from that scene being Bag Head #2: “I think we all think the bags was a nice idea. But, not pointing any fingers, they could of been done better. So how bout, no bags this time, but next time, we do the bags right, and then go full regalia.”