Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Django Unchained is about a slave who takes up with a bounty hunter in order to find his wife. It is directed by the legendary Quentin Tarantino and has all the flavor of a Spaghetti Western fused with old slavery movies like Mandingo, Sankofa and Roots. The difference between this and other slavery movies however is that there is no care taken to urge for sympathy from the audience. It’s just good old fashion bloody revenge and no bad guy is spared.
Knowing that this is a Quentin Tarantino movie you should not go into it with preconceived assumptions on what it will be about – save for shots of feet, a ton of violence and cussing (it’s Q’s style afterall). Django played out the same way that Inglourious Basterds did with taking one of history’s most atrocious crimes and spinning it into a comedy where the bad guys get brutalized, shot up and killed.
If you’re anti-slavery… what’s not to love about slave owners being cut down by righteous black gunfire? Besides that fact, Django Unchained is a treat for everyone no matter race, color or creed, especially since the film’s 3 shining characters are played by the talented Jamie Foxx, Cristoph Waltz (he’s so amazing) and Leonardo DiCaprio (hilarious).
Samuel L. Jackson plays the greatest Uncle Tom/Ruckus I have ever seen on film and Kerry Washington is just absolutely delicious as Django’s wife Broomhilda. Everyone in this movie was wonderful.
“The D is silent, hillbilly!”
The movie is offensive to prudes who aren’t firm in their racial identity and to people who hate gore; so if you are of either sect avoid it all costs. For fans of Westerns this is a true gem that will be worthy of your collection because the gunplay is nasty and the backdrop is ancient, old USA.
Django Unchained is going to probably be one of the best movies this year (purely speculating here) and I cannot wait to own it.