REVIEW: Django – Unchained

Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django’s wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.

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Now don’t get me wrong Quinton Tarantino developed a great plot for this movie however I can’t help but feel that it fizzled out towards the end and he was trying too hard to develop a decent ending. Saying that I thought the ending was fantastic and many of the ending scenes could have been a perfect ending to the film. At the start of the film you see Django chained to other slaves when along comes Dr. King Schultz to save him, but what Django doesn’t know are his true intentions which you find out later on in the movie (I thought this part was especially great). Being a Tarantino film the plot develops into a great storyline with lots of blood, subtle humour and straight up action. Being a blood thirsty film fan the effects and ‘OTT’ shootings and blood was fantastic. Great watch.

Django: Unchained had a star studded cast and has some of the most talented stars in Hollywood on the bill including Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz… not forgetting a cameo from Quinton Tarantino himself which I thought was unnecessary, awful acting but hilarious still. Jamie Foxx was defiantly the right man for the job portraying all the moods that Django would be feeling at that current time period starting with being vulnerable chained to other slaves in transport into growing stronger and learning to be the best at what he can do “killing white folk and getting paid for it”. Samuel L Jackson played Calvin Candie’s head slave Stephen in a witty but very strong performance with such great humour coming out of his mouth, Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie was one of the strongest characters in the movie, he portrayed the character so well, we have never seen DiCaprio in this type of roll before but man was he good. However the man who stole the show was Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz, we saw him in Inglurious Bastards portraying ‘The Jew Hunter’ in this movie he takes on a slightly lighter role of a bounty hunter… yeah lighter. He’s fast on the trigger and deadly… a knockout performance.This had the potential to be the best movie of 2013 already but in regards to the plot thinning towards the end it will just be one of 2013 great productions but I wouldn’t say no to see it again.

The original theme used in the film was brilliant and really got stuck in my head and was so relevant to when the movie was set. The thing you get with Tarantino is that you know he’s going to go big and ‘OTT’ with effects and blood and he didn’t disappoint. Great visuals, great audio.

Overall Rating: 5/5

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