Film: Django Unchained

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Review of: Django Unchained

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On January 12, 2013
Last modified:January 13, 2013


Tarantino on top form. If you love his films, you'll love this. If you don't, you'll probably hate it


Tarantino’s back with a full on assault on the senses with a rip roaring movie that combines Western, comedy, horror, action film, and romance.

Django: Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s not to like?

Black humour (literally), great performances from his leading actors (Jamie Foxx, DiCaprio and another wry turn from Christopher Waltz), a chance for some cult actors to return to the big screen (Don Johnson and an unrecognisable Samuel L Jackson), plus a bucket load of gore, sassy 70’s soundtrack and even sassier ladies (Kerry Washington especially) make for an memorable cinematic experience.

Like Pulp Fiction, and several other of his films, it also features a cameo from the man himself, playing a mine owner with something approximating an Australian accent for some reason.  Needless, to say, his acting hasn’t improved any.

The film follows Waltz and Foxx playing bounty hunters Django and Dr Shultz, who plan to reclaim Broomhilda, a beautiful slave and Django’s love, from DiCaprio’s no-good plantation owner, Calvin Candie.

Predictably, Judgement Day comes with several set-piece visceral gun fights, with the violence and gore splatter turned up to 11, but it’s done with great panache and a large dose of humour.

Jamie Foxx delivers his best performance since the biopic “Ray”, as the slave who becomes a take no prisoners mother fucker, and Waltz more or less reprises his role as the Nazi Jew hunter from Inglorious Basterds, and turns in another enjoyable performance.  He’s becoming one of my favourite actors.

The film is very long, coming up for three hours, but it gallops along from one set-piece to another, and doesn’t outstay it’s bloody welcome.

Other links. Here’s the excellent soundtrack on Spotify –

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