Film Review: Django Unchained

| 24 January , 2013 | Reply

Directed by:Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4.5/5

A smart, hilarious, gory riot. Set just before the Civil War, it’s a western that takes place mostly in the South, tackles the heated past of slavery and racism, and contains several blaringly non-period rap songs. It’s a mixed up jumble that could have been a disaster – but it works – flawlessly.

Django is a slave, being marched by ruthless slave traders with no hope of escape. That is, until the eccentric Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz) comes bumbling along. But as the slave traders soon fatefully learn, Dr. Schultz is a sharp man, and an even sharper shot.

A deadly bounty hunter, Dr. Schultz enlists Django’s (Jamie Foxx) help in finding his next mark. As the pair team up Schultz discovers Django is married, and his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), is still a slave in a southern plantation. Schultz vows to help Django rescue his wife.


Their journey takes them to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where behind the curtains of the spotless mansion, a whole heap of trouble is about to hit the walls.

Like Inglorious Bastards,and Kill Bill, there’s plenty of violence and erupting sprays of blood, but if you don’t mind that (or don’t mind averting your eyes in a few . . . well actually many . . . scenes), it’s well worth it. From poking fun at the KKK, plantation owners, and rednecks, to watching Django settle into his new freedom, Django Unchained will have you laughing and cheering at this brilliantly thought out film.

Think Blazing Saddles meets Inglorious Bastards, and that might just about sum it up, but not with an inch of justice. An extremely clever script, written of course by Tarantino, entertaining characters, and a hands-down amazing performance by Christoph Waltz make this one of the best movies I’ve recently seen. Many stars snuck in for cameo’s, including Jonah Hill, Aussie John Jarratt, Franco Nero (who played Django in the 1966 film Django), and Foxx’s own horse . . . well she may not be a star, but she picked up some pretty fancy moves for the film.

Django Unchained is absolutely entertaining and you’ll love Foxx’s performance as he seeks justice on slave owners. Acting is superb across the board, from Foxx, to Waltz and DiCaprio, to a remarkably aged Jackson.

Saddle up and join Django in his quest for justice. Django Unchained in cinemas now!


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