Django Unchained (2008)
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
The film begins with a group of slaves being led through Texas by two brothers; they are approached by a dentist who reveals that he is looking for a specific slave within their group. After a quick search Dr. Schultz identifies the man he is looking for but is denied the purchase of the slave by the brothers, at which point the supposed dentist quickly deals with them and carries on his way with his new slave, Django. So begins the partnership between the two as it is revealed that Dr. Schultz is actually a bounty hunter, he offers a deal to Django, if he assists the good doctor with his hunts over the Winter, he will help Django locate his wife, an offer that Django eagerly accepts. Eventually Winter comes to a close and as promised the two begin the search for Broomhilda, they are able to track her down to Candyland, a very prominent plantation in Mississippi, what ensues is a complex plan to rescue Broomhilda from the plantation, a plan that is going to end in a very large conflict between the two bounty hunters and those at Candyland.
I’m going to start off by saying that I absolutely loved this film, the moment Dr. Schultz’s true personality was revealed I figured I would enjoy it, but I certainly didn’t expect it to enthrall me to this extent. Almost right from the get-go the tone of the movie is set, the incredibly skilled yet affable bounty hunter teaming up with his newly freed slave to hunt down criminals for their bounties. The performances are incredibly well done, particularly Dr. Schultz and the fantastically hammy Calvin Candie, even short-lived characters are played to a tee and it makes for a delightful cast overall. The soundtrack is great and really helps escalate a lot of scenes in the movie. As expected the film is also rife with hilariously dark comedy, honestly the only real downside that I noticed in the film is that Django’s wife, Broomhilda, doesn’t really get much characterization, it’s not a truly dire flaw and doesn’t really interfere with the enjoyment of the film, just something I wish had been explored a tad more.