Django Unchained (2012)
It goes to darker and more controversial places than Inglorious Basterds. Something that, by most was thought to be impossible. Django Unchained is another monumental entry in Quentin Tarantino’s remarkable repertoire and once again displays his confidence and comfort level handling questionable subject matter. One thing Tarantino deserves mammoth respect for is his ability to connect with his target audience and more importantly, never undermining their intelligence. Whether it is the use of several languages or rewriting historical events, Tarantino gives the viewers credit and is rewarded for his investments. Django Unchained’s cast is led by Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, and Kerry Washington. Profane, violent, and incredibly entertaining, Django Unchained is a showcase of Tarantino’s unique brain and style as well as impeccably acted.
Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a former dentist, manages to track down and obtain the freedom of a slave named Django (Foxx). Upon learning that Schultz is a bounty hunter, Django is trained to become his apprentice. Schultz needs Django to help him hunt down a group of brothers to collect a bounty. After finishing business with the brothers, Django and Schultz shift their gaze to a ruthless plantation owner named Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), who owns Django’s wife Broomhilda (Washington). Concocting a plan to free Broomhilda from Candie and his conniving slave and friend Stephen (Jackson), Django and Schultz get more than they bargained for.
With his last two outings, Tarantino has managed to turn even his harshest critics into fans. The reason being that no matter how his previous films struck you, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained are ingenious and too well crafted to ignore. I know numerous people who absolutely appalled Tarantino movies up until 2009. The comedy, action, and pure, creative brilliance in Django and Basterds is impossible to dismiss. Earning several Oscar Nominations for Django Unchained both on and off screen. Tarantino, cast, and crew put their talents to work and don’t disappoint. Waltz is the MVP for the second straight Tarantino outing, winning his second Oscar in as many nominations. DiCaprio and Jackson battle one another in hilarious fashion and manage to outshine Foxx. Foxx who performs admirably is simply outgunned by his surrounding cast. It isn’t his fault entirely, it’s just that with these acting heavyweights, someone has to be the weak link,even if it is by comparison. Django Unchained is as brutal as it is fun making it a must see whether you’re a Tarantino enthusiasts or not.
Django Unchained: 9 out of 10.