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Confession time. I love Quentin Tarantino. The man is a genius. Everything and anything he does is pure cinematic gold. Django was the second ever Tarantino film I saw and I loved it. From the intriguing storyline to the gory yet lovable massacre at Calvin Candie’s mansion, this cemented Tarantino as one of the best directors for me.
From director Quentin Tarantino comes Django Unchained, the story of a slave named Django (played by Jamie Foxx) who is freed by Dr King Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz), who is also a bounty hunter. King trains Django to be a bounty hunter, and they meet with Calvin Candie, a notorious plantation owner who is in possession of Broomhilda, Django’s wife who Django was separated from.
First, off the bat, Django was incredibly good fun to watch. From beautiful shots (my favourite being the blood splattered cotton) to memorable and awesome dialogue, as well as thrilling and gory action and violence that will have you squealing with delight. That’s what you get from a Tarantino movie; endless memorable scenes and wanting more from him. Django was played by Jamie Foxx, and he killed it. He was so badass and fun and was great for the role. Foxx has a way of acting which really suited the tone of the movie, and it’s evident that he really got into the role of Django and enjoyed playing him throughout the film. His mentor of Doctor King Schultz was played by one of my all-time favourite actors, Christoph Waltz. This is Waltz’s second Tarantino movie, and clearly enjoys being part of the TarantinoVerse. The best thing about Waltz as an actor is that no matter what role he plays, his dictation in his lines is undeniably awesome and he brings a hint of fun and playfulness to every character he plays, and King Schultz is no exception from this. One of the biggest names that attracted people so seeing Django is Leonardo DiCaprio. He took in the role of Calvin Candie, a plantation owner who owns Django’s wife. DiCaprio was pretty great as Candie, but I felt he lacked a little something, that I can’t quite exactly put my finger on. His accent for Calvin Candie was fantastic though, so points there. Calvin’s trusty servant, Stephen, was played by none other than Samuel L Jackson. His voice and accent were amazing, and he portrayed an old loyal servant remarkably well, but I think we should have seen maybe a little less of him in some places. Django’s wife, Broomhilda, is played by Kerry Washington, and she does a good job in the role but felt that she too lacked a little something. Her emotional complexity in Broomhilda’s character was portrayed brilliantly though. My favourite character was King Schultz. Waltz won the Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in 2013 for his role in Django and it’s evident why throughout the film.
As with most Tarantino movies, the music was fantastic. It suited the tone of the film perfectly and in places actually made the film more enjoyable. One thing that Django does with music that’s really good is its timing. The music that went with the massacre at the Candyland Mansion was amazing, and the training snow montage had good music accompanying it too. The best music moment for me though was having the title ‘Django: Unchained’ come on the screen in time with the music with whip-cracking sound effects; truly a memorable moment that set up the tone of the film at the same time.
The storyline and plot were great, I like the idea of taking a well-known historical event and telling a good story from it. We saw it in Inglourious Basterds (where Waltz won another Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actor’) and Tarantino pulled it off again with Django. No issues for me there.
The best moments for me were hunting the Brittle Brothers, particularly the blood-splattered cotton plants, as it was just such an amazing scene, and it was also so symbolic. I liked the scene with the Ku Klux Klan as it was pretty funny and entertaining. The scene/montage of where Django was shooting in the snow was pretty badass and awesome. The massacre at the Candyland Mansion was arguably the best part of the film. Gory, bloody and pure movie gold. Lastly, the ending of blowing up the Candyland Mansion with ‘Trinity: Titoli’ playing filled me with joy, it emphasises how amazing of an actor Jamie Foxx is and brings us a good, happy ending to a fantastic story. However, it was quite a forgettable movie and I found myself losing interest at points through the film. Nonetheless, the film was a blast and I had a great time watching it.
Django: Unchained gets an 8.5/10 from me. With awesome action, some good humour and great gory scenes, Django was a fantastic film that may not be my favourite Tarantino movie but certainly one that is hugely entertaining. It’s currently on Netflix, so go give it a watch if you’re looking for a good film to watch. If it’s your first time watching it, I guarantee you that you will love this film.
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