Django Unchained

Django Unchained

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Directed by : Quentin Tarantino

Release Date : | Length : 165 Minutes

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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz . Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django wit...more


“Django Unchained is entertaining, violent and funny with excellent acting, directing and writing. A must watch.”

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Django Unchained Review- A high class Tarantino movie based on a taut screenplay

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Once again Quentin Tarantino ( QT ) proves his mastery over the medium ( if proof was needed ) in this saga of black man's slavery in 1850 or so. The movie is a bonanza for the fans of QT since it has just about everything they would expect in a QT movie. Many critics of QT will perhaps agree that he is indeed a very talented director who has been called" the single most influential director of his generation ",some years back.
Right from the first scenes where the dentist Dr. Schultz ( with a huge model of a tooth atop his horse carriage ) negotiates for the purchase of black slave Django to the last signature scenes of blood gore and mayhem where the liberated Django rescues his wife, the film keeps the audience riveted. No wonder QT has won the awards for best screenplay from 3 different academies.
QT's direction is a treat for lovers of good cinema. A good portion of the film is dialogue driven with lengthy though simple lines and there are a number of extended scenes. A very long drawn sequence at the dining table where Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Schultz are negotiating the sale is shot in great detail .There are some shocking shots of violence which I do not want to reveal ( definitely not for the weak hearted.) A hint I can give is that the dining table has more than just forks and knives! This scene ends with some more shooting,blood and gore in the true QT style
It is very interesting to see that the movie unfolds at a leisurely pace in the first half or so where QT marries the music,framing and dialogue in his usual stylistic manner. Considerable footage is given to the male bonding between Dr. Schultz and Django which goes beyond the master -slave relationship. Specially absorbing is the doctor's explanation of how easily he goes about his bounty hunter's job.
Some superlative performances are seen in this film.Jamie Foxx as Django lives the role and does not have much talking to do ; but his expressions do the talking. His costume changes as the film progresses have been questioned but its not a big issue. On the other hand Christoph Waltz as Dr.Schultz has considerable amount of dialogue which he delivers in great style. Some of his punches remind us of the older Dollar films .of Sergio Leone. He is excellent as the bounty hunter who goes about acquiring and eliminating criminals wanted dead or alive by the authorities.
Maybe it is Leonardo DiCaprio who steals the show with his sinister interpretation of the cruel Mississippi plantation owner. Probably some hamming was the requirement of the character and he carries it off well. Because of the different makeup most people would hardly recognize Samuel Jackson as Leonardo's Butler plus henchman and he also has given an excellent performance.
A little bit of trivia for movie buffs. Franco Nero ,who played the title role of Django in the spaghetti western of 60's has done a cameo as the gunslinger at the bar who is told that in the name Django ,D is silent
Quentin had earlier described this movie as a "southern "on the lines of the spaghetti westerns in view of the subject of black slavery in the southern states. Some critics have called this show of human suffering as Blaxploitation The inspiration from Sergio Leone movies is clear from the use of music, dialogue delivery and the framing of shots. When told by an interviewer that the movie had excessive graphic violence QT is said to have replied " Yes it is a Tarantino movie ". Truly said. When you go to a Tarantino movie ,what else do you expect?
Filmologists have brought out that the Quentin Tarantino style essentially consists of a non linear story line, aestheticization of violence, stylistic use of camera/ editing dialogue driven scenes, music married to visuals, and lastly graphic show of blood and gore. This movie has all this in abundance and more.Those who have liked QT's earlier successful movies like Reservoir dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill ( 1 and 2 ) , and Inglorious Basterds would love this film equally well.
While this film should be highly satisfying for the QT fans, the uninitiated who are not into QT type of movies may not enjoy it.