Quentin Tarantino is a name most of us associate with fantastic films. Moviegoers would hear that name and believe that they couldn’t go wrong buying a ticket to a film he directed. Django Unchained can continue that association because it really is great. An epic western film set in the United States in 1858 when slavery of black people were still commonplace, this 165 minute feature packs a bloody good punch.
The Speck Brothers are transporting chained down slaves that they had bought, until they encounter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a former dentist of German origin, who is now a bounty hunter. Schultz buys one of the slaves, Django (Jamie Foxx), after dealing with the brothers. Schultz knows that Django can identify the targets of his bounty, and reaches an agreement with him: Schultz will give Django money, a horse and his freedom if he can help locate the targets. An amazing partnership is born. Later on, the pair attempt to free Broomhilda Von Shaft (Kerry Washington), Django’s enslaved wife, from her owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a plantation owner who owns a loyal house slave named Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).
I don’t really like long movies as it’s very difficult to hold my attention for over two hours. Of course is a movie is really good I won’t feel like it’s dragging on and thankfully Django Unchained did not overstay its welcome on the silver screen. The plot is simple enough to follow, but is well developed, the acting is believable and excellent, and the action sequences are well executed and entertaining. There’s even a little comedy, but the film doesn’t lose track of its serious tone.
If I had to complain about something, it would b the soundtrack. I just felt that the rap music didn’t fit well with this film. It clashed with the Old West nature of the film and feels incredibly out of place. The rest of the score however was quite good and complimented what was seen on screen.
The greatest joy of Djano Unchained is the growth of the title character as well as his partnership with Schultz. The ending is just classic Hollywood and it’s amazing!
There’s been some controversy over the frequent use of the “N” word. There is also quite a lot of blood seen onscreen, but that’s typical Quentin Tarantino for you.
The minor nitpicks I have with this film are like a pimple on your child’s face – you don’t like the pimple but you still love your kid either way! This is a very well made film that I heartily recommend. I give Django Unchained 4.5/5.