Director: Quentin Tarantino
Year : 2012
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
Official Website: http://www.unchainedmovie.com/
Verdict: Must Watch!
Love Westerns? Spaghetti fan? Tarantino follower? If the three questions was a Yes, then boy oh boy, you can rub your hands in glee for you are in for a jolly good treat! Ok, I was kidding about the Spaghetti part. This is a Must for Tarantino fans, and for others, maybe this movie will introduce you to the brilliant mind and vision of Quentin Tarantino.
The movie is set a few years before the American Civil War, and is a western spaghetti with guns swinging, blood spilling , slaves, and the lip smacking one liners and quirkiness that have led to such a cult following of Quentin Tarantino and his films.
The movie opens with Django(Jamie Foxx) being retrieved by a German dentist Dr. Schultz(Christoph Waltz), from the clutches of the Speck brothers. This well-bred, smooth talking German doctor is in fact a bounty hunter, and he needs Django to identify the Brittle brothers, who are on his bounty list. A camaraderie develops between Schultz, who clearly does not like slavery, and Django, who is now a free man.
Dr.Schultz – How do you like the bounty hunting business?
Django – Kill white people and get paid for it? What’s not to like?
And so Schultz strikes up a partnership with Django and they go about their quest of collecting as many wanted heads they can until Spring by which time Django would have enough money to buy the freedom of his German-speaking wife Broomhilda(Kerry Washington). Django receives excellent training from Schultz in mastering a sidearm.
With the onset of Spring and several successful hunting’s in the winter, Django and Schultz are now ready to pursue freeing Broomhilda. They confirm that her current owner is, Calvin Candie(Leonardo DiCaprio). Monsieur Candie is a charming, handsomely brutal owner of cotton plantation in Mississippi, and who forces his slaves into “Mandingo fights”. I have to call him Monsieur and not Mister because well Candie likes it that way!
What follows next is the arrival of Django and Schultz in CandieLand, in the guise of buying a Mandingo fighter for a large sum of money. The home is run by Candie’s senior slave Stephen(Samuel Jackson), who is old, rickety, but sharp and cunning. What follows next serves as a fitting climax to this blood thirsty film with more blood, more wicked humor, more style.
Like all Tarantino films, Django Unchained is replete with violence, offensive language, and dark humor. Just when the brutality of the violence makes you squirm, some smart comic relief is provided immediately. The comic scene where the members of the Ku Klux Klan are shown bitching, and whining about the holes in their white masks is excellently thought of. Having said that, keeping in mind the context of the whites and black slavery, was the violence “glorified”?
Django Unchained is riveting for the most part. However, it just runs a bit too long. Just when you think the movie’s end is nigh, it stretches to another uninspired 30 minute extension.
All things said, Django Unchained once again proves why Quentin Tarantino is who he is. A deserving follow-up to Inglorious Basterds, this movie is a fast gallop across beautiful scenes, impressionable characters, inspired story telling, smart dialogues, and everything that have now come to become a minimum expectation of Tarantino films. Too much violence? Well this is Tarantino, and he will chop an ear, not just show you a bloody ear!
The Good: Must watch for the near perfect acting by all parties. For me Samuel Jackson as Stephen is a gem and absolutely stands out. Excellent music as always in a Tarantino flick but at times a little edgy and abrupt.
The Not So Good: The end which seems to be more of an after thought and lengthens the movie to maybe more than comfortable.
The Verdict: Must Watch!