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Life, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance.
Quentin Tarantino's Western about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a brutal gun-for-hire. Working alongside a German dentist/bounty-hunter (Christoph Waltz in an Oscar-winning role), Django is determined to rescue his wife from a merciless plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Winner of Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
Bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz rescues Django from slavetraders in the hope he can identify a high-paying target. After assisting Schultz he is given his freedom, but Django - having revealed a great talent for bounty-hunting - stays with the good doctor to form a more permanent partnership. In return, Schultz will help in the mission to Mississippi to face plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio) and free Django's wife (Kerry Washington). Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as Candie's house slave Stephen, and the film's supporting roles and cameos include appearances by Don Johnson, Jonah Hill, James Remar and more.
Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Waltz) winner at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards 2013.
Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
Rating: R16 contains graphic violence and offensive language
Managing to be both a darkly hilarious, rollickingly entertaining ride of a movie and also nearly three hours long, with scene after scene of densely crammed, unmistakeably excessive Quentin Tarantino dialogue, Django Unchained is his most exciting, accessible and satisfying film for ages. While there may be a bit more of a comic feel than Inglourious Basterds and a tale that hinges on an unlikely buddy bounty hunter pairing rather than Basterds’ ensemble, this is another Tarantino tale that sees him mete out punishment on historical evil through his characters.
Rather than taking on Nazis, Django (Jamie Foxx) uses a chance encounter to wreak vengeance on the brutal oppressors of American slavery here. And boy do they deserve it, with Tarantino pulling no punches in depicting slavery as bitterly violent and revoltingly dehumanising, with some rather harrowing scenes of abuse giving his hero an inarguable justification for a killing spree that’ll have you cheering him on.
Foxx does a great line in quiet Western hero, driven by emotions that when not internalised are more often revealed in action rather than words. And as in Basterds, Christoph Waltz revels in the opportunities Tarantino’s script provides him in a gleeful performance as Django’s mentor, German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. The film’s other odd couple, plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his house slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), also prove memorably entertaining in their roles, the cast as a whole matching Tarantino’s own creative enthusiasm - a combination that makes this a must-see.
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Tarantino does it again
Now, I don't normally like westerns but this one is a must see. Yes it's long but every minute is worth the watch. The humour and action scene is typical of Tarantino movies. Oh and the storyline is superb too.
you must see this one it one of the best film of the year and has lots
One of Tarantino's best, I would happily see this again and again, which I think always speaks volumes about how entertaining a film really is. Absolute rollercoaster from beginning to end, keeps going when you think it'd be totally fine to end it. Created such an alive world of the film, with beautifully fleshed-out characters, beyond fitting score, mis en scene, and seamlessly shot. If you like Tarantino, for god's sake just see it.
A Tarantino do
Enjoyable and worth attending, but unsurprisingly somewhat over the top, or is it that I just dont get Tarantino?
Shoot 'em up!
Loved it! This is the best movie I've seen in ages. I couldn't tell at times whether they were trying to be serious or funny, but I was entertained the whole way through regardless. Particularly loved the over-the-top blood that was everywhere.
WHAT KIND OF DOCTOR? ... Umm.. DENTIST?
Specialising in lead fillings.
The humour sprinkled throughout Django is perhaps the most surprising aspect of Tarantino's film. From the implied, to the bawdy, to the downright Pythoneseque sequence where the vigilantes argue over the effectiveness of their sackcloth disguises, Django uses humour to both ease the tension and reinforce it. There has always been humour in Tarantino films, of course, but in Django it seems to have reached a new level.
For my money, this is the best Tarantino film since Pulp Fiction. I've read and listened to numerous American critiques of the film and none of them seem to have been able to get past the use of "nigger" in the script. "God damn, look at that - a black person on a horse!" Yeah, that works - not! This was how slavers and whites talked then, and throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Mark Twain's books were removed from American libraries because of his use of the word. Conrad's "Nigger of the Narcissus" was re-titled in the U.S. when first published there. Audiences outside the U.S. don't grasp the polarity and the sensitivity that the word engenders. Black people (African-Americans - even those definitions are a point of contention) live with the knowledge that their great grandparents were slaves or the children of slaves. But even after emancipation, the South held fast to apartheid and lynchings were common (they even made postcards of the hangings). So Tarantino is picking at a still open sore when he attacks slavery head on. And uses humour to do it. What I see as a pointedly satirical piece of humour skewering the nascent stupidity of the pre-Clansmen has been seen as a trivialisation of the vigilantes in the States. It has been pointed out that "Mandingo fights" may well have been a kind of urban myth since there is no objective report of them having occurred. But that's hardly the point in this film - Tarantino uses them to further push the reality of dehumanisation and brutality that were the lot of black people throughout the South (and probably the North and West, as well) at that point in history.
I had no problem with the content of Django, certainly no problem with its filmic aspects. Apart from Tarantino's little bit of self-indulgence towards the end, and that it could easily have been 15 minutes shorter to no ill effect, it easily makes the 4 out of 5 rating for me. Someone - I am unwilling to suggest who - in the great cast deserves some Oscar nods. The movie itself deserves a nomination, if only for having the balls to address head on a subject which too many film-makers have avoided like the plague. Well done, Quentin!
Blood, sweat, gore and LOTS of humour.
An enjoyable tale and quite funny in parts. I think the use of the word "n****r" made it more amusing because it is such a taboo word today. Good on QT for keeping it real!
A great joy ride of a film
This sports some truly great performance's from all of the cast especially Samuel Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio. Jamie Foxx's Django is probably the weakest of all of the character's in the set piece that isn't Kerry Washington. Although that is saying something considering how top notch the performance's of the other cast members are. Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie is deliciously evil. Which is great to see from an actor of his calibre. Christoph Waltz as the Dr. King Shultz is incredible and is funny and charming and really makes the most of his role. Although the real surprise of the film is Samuel Jackson. As the head house slave Stephen. Who is also delightfully evil. A genius peace of casting from Quentin Tarantino.
The script is what you expect from Quentin Tarantino. Violent, funny and clever. There is some truly funny moments in the film which is great to see. Although some of them are truly un-PC. Which is good to see from Quentin. Also there is two types of violence in this film. The brutally and disgusting violence that he show's us that is used towards the slaves. That completely different to the cartoon violence that we are used to in his usual films and also the rest of the film. The two types that are depicted are quite contradicting and different from what we are used to in this film.
Although it''s not without it's flaws and there is a lot of them. Kerry Washington's character is plain annoying. She is under developed and under played. Which is a disappointment. Although the massive problem with this film is that it has a completely un-neccasry 20 or 30 minutes towards the end of the film that dose not need to be there. It doesn't add anything and becomes kind of boring which is a shame. Also Quentin himself appears towards the latter end of the film for about five minutes of screen time. Of which he is truly awful. He puts on this awful, awful, awful Australian accent that is just awful.
This is a good film that could of been better without the last 20 or so minutes. But still is a great ride of film that is truly enjoyable.
Tarantino the Indulgent - A heck of a lot of fun.
Given Quentin Tarantino's infatuation with the Spaghetti Western genre, its a about goddamn time he's made one. It can be argued however, the director's previous efforts such as the body count Kill Bill Volumes and the glorious Inglourious Basterds feature more in tuned western cinematic touches.
Freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) treks across the United States with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a cruel and charismatic plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
As expected the movie is full of all the Tarantino conventions we all enjoy - colourful dialogue, enthusiastic sense of aesthetic design, ridiculous over the top violence and impeccable performances. Special mention to DiCaprio, who as the the charming plantation owner Calvin Candie lets go of his usual top billing but steals the show in undoubtedly one of his best performances. However, it's Candie's most trusted slave Stephen, played so over-zealously by the always reliable Samuel L. Jackson who is the real villain of the movie - a product of the shameful environment of slavery.
Django Unchained is not so polished as Inglorious Basterds but there is a lot to enjoy in this 165 minute almost laugh at minute western. In terms of Tarantino's approach to bloodshed, its perhaps his most tame to the point of almost cartoonish - buckets of blood channelling the great shoot outs in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch.
Also, Rick Ross, Tupac Shakur and John Legend on the movie's soundtrack - Only Tarantino would have the nerve to put such songs in a western. And it works so brilliantly too.
Tarantino does it again
I SHOULD HATE TARANTINO MOVIES Im a girl, a pacificst and an incurable romantic - but I LOVE them! And here he is doing it again (no horses but unfortunately 750 bottles of tomato sauce were killed in the making of this film). Music brilliant, eye for detail perfect, acting magic, storyline thoroughly satisfying- what more can you ask for in a great movie :)