Quentin Tarantino's latest movie is a thrilling viceral western, dealing with slavery and revenge. As well as lots and LOTS of blood! There's also the usual Tarantino humour, with some scenes hilariously subversive and you can't help but laugh at the wit, and the proof is in the pudding as Django Unchained
won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave who teams up with a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz. Together they hatch a plan to rescue Django's wife, who is serving as a slave under the charming yet nefarious Calvin Candie, played with glee and gusto by Leonardo DiCaprio. Samuel L. Jackson plays Stephen, Candie's black head of the houseld staff, and he seems to be even more vicious than his master.
If you're familiar with Tarantino's body of work, then you should know what to expect: violence, foul language and both in abundance! The storyline takes quite a few surprising turns but be aware the movie is quite long, almost 3 hours in fact. The soundtrack is interesting, but definitely adds to the enjoyment of the experience. And as for the actors, Foxx and Waltz give good performances, but the highlights were definitely Jackson and DiCaprio.
If I could point out any complaints, it would just be the ending which while action-packed, I found to be merely satisfying and nothing more. Things get a bit over-the-top in that last 30 minutes, but up to that point the first 2 hours of the movies is cracking entertainment! Be warned again, the violence and constant use of expletive language (especially the N-word) could definitely be offensive to some. (4 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz.
Django formulates an audacious plan to head back to the plantation to free his wife from tyrannical plantation owner Calvin Candie,with the help of a Schultz.
(2013 Academy Award winner for: Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Also nominated for Best Picture; Best Cinematography; Best Editing)
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