Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained is the most recent film by director Quentin Tarantino. The movie is about a slave name Django (Jamie Foxx) who is freed by a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in order to track a gang of outlaws for the government. If Django is willing to help him collect  the bounty, King promises to assist Django in rescuing his wife from a black-hearted plantation owner named Calvin Candie (Leonardo Dicaprio).

This movie was great. The story, dialogue, performances, and editing all come together to create the totally satisfying experience that action lovers deserve and are rarely given. Quentin Tarantino executes his story with style and tact, and never shies away from the darkest recesses of human nature. I feel like the story gains a lot from it’s simplicity. It’s a classic revenge story, fueled by lovable protagonists and despicable villains. This all comes packaged in a very Tarantinoesque fashion, keeping the viewer constantly uncomfortable and unknowing and rewarding it with satisfying dialogue as well as violent and original action sequences. People will certainly be divided about the violence in Django. On one hand you have bloody spurting shoot-outs between good-guys and bad-guys, classic movie fun! On the other hand, the movie deals in issues of slavery and racism, and often makes the audience endure portrayals of horrific atrocities that people had to endure. These moments are hard to watch, and in true Tarantino fashion can be quite unrelenting, and in my opinion, once or twice toe the line between realistic and gratuitous. Apart from that small discretion, I loved Django Unchained and urge anyone who is a fan of Tarantino, action movies, westerns, or thoroughly entertaining dialogue to check it out immediately.



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