Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Django Unchained (2012)

Kill white people and get paid for it? What's not to like?

Set in 1858, Django Unchained is a story of a black slave Django (Jamie Foxx) who with the help of Dr. King Scultz (Christoph Waltz) goes on a quest to rescue his estranged wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), a slave working for Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). 
Tarantino's story unfolds amidst the slave era in America where blacks were nothing but humiliated and looked down upon, tortured, punished and treated in no way like humans. Being bought by The Speck Brothers, Django is rescued by the German Schultz who is a dentist-turned-bounty hunter. He offers Django a part of the bounty in return for his assistance to recognize the Brittle brothers who are wanted dead or alive. After helping Schultz find the brothers, Django gets invited to join in on a winter full of bounty hunting and money making as his partner. They make a deal to carry on till the end of winter and then head to rescue Broomhilda who is trapped for life with a selfish and ruthless owner Candie.

Come on over. We got us a fight going on that's a good bit of fun.

Tarantino entertains well with the western set up and consistent doses of humour.  He doesn’t shy away from showing how the black people were insulted and inhumanly treated. In many ways this movie portrays the shameful situation that existed back then. Waltz delivers a great performance as a polite conversationalist with a penchant for blowing off heads in exchange of money. While Foxx is good, it’s Waltz who steals the show in my opinion. DiCaprio seems to handle any role flawlessly with this being one of his best performances till date. I can't possibly forget to mention the character of his head slave Stephen played by Samuel L. Jackson, who keeps the audience entertained with his paranoia. There's an oscar or two in there for sure.
Django Unchained is an entertainer, a sensitive topic wrapped in a perfect mix of action, humour and drama. Tarantino has proved yet again that he doesn’t care about boundaries when it comes to showing the unfortunate. This film might not be a classic but it definitely has the entertainment value.

Trailer for Django Unchained.

If you're still not convinced, here are 10 spoiler-free reasons to watch Django Unchained.

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