Django Unchained (2012) – Film Review

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An absolutely legendary film, I think I’ve watched Django Unchained around 3 times now and it still hits the mark every time! The film is comedic, action-packed, violent but not without plot. The two and a half hours are not a laborious chore, the action is fast-moving and exciting. In a land of cowboys and slavery,we meet Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a bounty hunter who roams the west looking for wanted men and claiming the bounty. He recruits the help of Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, who can help him to find some of the men on the run. They become friends and Schultz eventually pledges to help Django find his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who has been purchased by notorious slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson also stars as Stephen, Monsieur Candie’s right hand man.

Django Unchained is a classic Tarantino flick, except we are now transported into slavery-ridden USA where racism and ignorance are rife in the depths of Mississippi. There are the usual Tarantino blood spatters as no expense is spared on various victims that Schultz and Django end up hunting down. Not one for the faint hearted, I would say. Amongst the shots being fired, the problem of slavery is approached, which can sometimes be a touchy subject. The n-word is certainly thrown round a lot, and we witness a lot of abuse. Although it is done in a completely Tarantino over-the-top fashion, we do see mockery of the barbaric system and no-one, not even the KKK, ends up unscathed. There is a sense of justice watching a slave-owner get whipped, but I won’t go to far into the means as not to spoil what actually happens!

The acting is second to none, Tarantino certainly had help from some old friends as well as the strong performances by DiCaprio and Foxx. Christophe Waltz’s character has to be my favourite, a smooth and polished performance of a fantastic character, an Oscar-worthy performance to be sure. There didn’t feel as though there were any weaknesses to the acting throughout, which added to the realism of this western world. To be critical, there may have been a few shaky Southern American accents but I’m willing to overlook that. Tarantino’s essential cameo was also slightly disappointing, he could of just walked out of a fancy dress shop, but I suppose it wouldn’t be proper Tarantino flick without him.

I watched this one as part of my Revenge module, as I think will become clear after watching the film. Out of all the Revenge resources I have looked into thus far, I think it is fair to say this is the most bloody and explosive but at the same time the most satisfying. Sometimes the only way to avenge evil acts is to do something just as evil back, and who better to help us with that than Django himself. It don’t expect and book to be as bloody as this one although I challenge them to be so. This film slots into the last week of proceedings so at least we are going out with a bang!

To conclude, an amazing film I strongly recommend anyone to see it. The comedy is as dark as you can get and the violence is pretty grim too, but that’s all part of the adventure.

4.5/5

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