Django Unchained review

February 2, 2013 5:05 pm

Django UnchainedBlazing Saddles with violence, no other way to put it. If you enjoyed Blazing Saddles, you will go mad for this movie. Quentin Tarantino’s most entertaining film since Pulp Fiction.

This has everything from jokes (making it brilliantly funny, I may add) violence and lots of it, guts flying all over the place, certainly not a film for the squeamish or the weak stomach. Containing scenes that have a brutality to match the language, anyone upset by the “N” word, is warned to stay well away.

Every main and cameo character is played at a level that could only be described as Oscar winning perfection. Dr Schultz played by Christoph Waltz, a soft-spoken German dentist turned deadly bounty hunter, who is cleverly destructive.

From start to finish his character will entertain, amuse and make you laugh. His sidekick Django, expertly played by Jamie Fox, who is rescued from slavery and recruited to help him find his prized bounty and then granted freedom by Dr Shultz. Making for a strange double act, which works so so well.

Watch out for, what can only be described as a disastrous (but funny) attempt from Django, to dress himself. Nevertheless, Foxx carries off the ruthlessly accurate gunfighter role with some style and swagger.

Lets not forget other big names making an appearance, Leanardo DiCaprio as Candie, a rich southern self-obsessed businessman with his bad teeth, who is outdone by his loyal servant and household attendant, Stephen, brilliantly yet controversially played by Samuel L. Jackson.

No other character in the film uses the “N” word more frequently and aggressively then Stephen, yet would be forgiven for it.

Many, including myself believe this to be a lot better than his last film “Inglourious Basterds”  with its dull plot. Django is far from dull, it takes a serious issue of slavery, outlining the hardship suffered by so many and turns it what could only be described as educational and pure entertainment, that has you glued to the screen throughout.

If what you’ve just read appeals, then prepare for a 165-minute treat and Tarantino’s best. Perhaps a tad bit over-stretched but nevertheless it is a film for all Tarantino fans that should not be missed.

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  • Charlie

    I completely agree – a phenomenal film!

  • Steve

    A well written article, what film reviews should be like

  • Helen

    I like the fact that you have mentioned that despite the obvious violence and brutality, the film educates the viewer about the hardship and suffering that ‘slaves’ endured.

  • christiana

    Never have liked Westerns but seeing as there is a great cast I may just go and see it, love Samuel Jackson and have yet to see him in a movie I havn’t enjoyed. Great review.

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