Django Unchained (R16) (Contains graphic violence & offensive language)
Starring: Jamie Foxx (Ray), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
The key to Tarantino’s success as a film-maker can be attributed to one key ingredient; Whether it’s the Bride’s stolen child (Kill Bill) or Shosanna’s murdered family (Inglourious Basterds), QT’s protagonists all come scarred by such a brutal background that the bloody revenge plot and super-violence that ensues will always be excusable and cheered by the audience.
Django is no different. Jamie Foxx’s Django is a black slave in a pre-civil war USA who is torn from his wife Broomhilda Von Shaft (Kerry Washington) after an escape attempt from their plantation.
When Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz), comes across Django they make a deal: in return for Django’s freedom, he is to help King track down and kill the Brittle Brothers.
Once this is completed, Django gets more than just freedom, King actually offers to help the ex-slave rescue his wife from the hands of the vicious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his near-mythical giant plantation, the aptly named Candie-Land.
As you can expect from a Tarantino driven R16 tale of bounty-hunting and revenge, blood-filled mayhem follows.
Tarantino’s trademark long, dialogue driven scenes fill out the rest of the movie and easily rival any of his previous work. One particular scene which inaccurately portrays the beginning of the KKK sees a hilarious cameo from one Jonah Hill and some dialogue which I’m sure will be quoted for years to come.
Returning collaborators Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) shine in their very different roles but Leonardo DiCaprio’s debut as a villain steals the show. Dicaprio has been involved with this project since it was first conceived and gives one of his finest performances as one of the most menacing and entertaining villains the movie-world has ever seen.
Django really is a cast and crew of professionals at the top of their game doing what they do best and this film is a very worthy companion to the Quentin Tarantino series.
Highly Recommended: 5/5