Django Unchained: What I Thought!

Django-Unchained-ReviewQuentin Tarantino is back and with more than just a bang. You never know what this guy comes up with. Sometimes its a monologue/dialogue ridden ‘Pulp Fiction’, other times its the revenge-driven ‘Kill Bill’ and even other times its a piece of alternate history ala ‘Inglorious Basterds’. One thing is for sure, we do have a Midas in Hollywood…and Tarantino it is. His movies always have that flair, that rare style only few directors are able to achieve. Its that quintessential Tarantino flavor that makes his movies stand out.

If you thought you’ve seen your share of wild wild west, think again…Tarantino’s West gets way wilder. I’d like to quote a similar line from his own ‘Inglorious Basterds’ preview…’you haven’t seen West if you haven’t seen it through the eyes of Tarantino’. Django Unchained is the story of a slave by name Django (Jamie Foxx) who is freed by King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) a dentist turned Bounty Hunter to track down some outlaws. Tarantino’s visions of slavery is more raw and sometimes even more disturbing than Spielberg’s ‘Amistad’. He never shies away from the depicting slavery as gruesome and intense as possible.

Jamie Foxx plays the iconic Django with a never before seen panache. He mixes both innocence/helplessness (of being a slave) with a new found vengeance to boot. Christoph Waltz has that sheer power of riveting you to your seats when he starts conversing. He’d done it in ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and he does more of it here. My goodness the way he spouts each word keeps you glued to your seat. As Shultz, he is both adorable and equally a worthy menace to whoever crosses his path. Leornardo Di Caprio plays a very very intriguing and intimidating Calvin Candie. He overshadowed both Jamie and Christoph, nuff said. I am not gonna spoil it for you, he is somebody you wanna soak in fully. I say just give him the academy award. He nailed it, Oh yes, He did! Noteworthy mentions also include a plethora of cameos, from Jonah Hill and James Remar to Don Johnson and James Russo. Samuel Jackson as the very Candie-faithful slave Stephen gave a very enjoyable performance as well.

In true Tarantino fashion, his humor is smeared all over the movie, gratuitous gore is there from start to end but is more humorous than repulsive. Django is more commercially made than a cult classic. It could be made so to suit the more casual movie goers. Initially the pacing was fast, rapid to put it better, but then we get a plot twist and then suddenly it slows down to show more characterization. Ofcourse Quentin’s movies are’nt about pace, it about the style, the progression, the narrative  you can never imagine what comes next, which head would pop, who’d meet their demise and that unpredictability keeps things running. Add to that the Tarantino taste in music throughout the wonderfully shot sequences making it ‘delicious’. Django Unchained is a true mix of western spaghetti and blaxploitation and Tarantino does it better than anybody. I have been a Tarantino fan but not a die-hard one but I believe its high time that I become one. Especially after watching ‘Django Unchained’, a truly magnificent movie by Quentin Tarantino.


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