Director Quentin Tarantino is best known for his in-your-face violence, comical yet powerful storylines, and not to mention his memorable musical scores. This time, he takes us to the South, two years before the Civil War.
Django Unchained tells a story of Django, played by Jamie Foxx, a slave who finds himself into the hands of a German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz) with his ever-courteous horse Fritz. Dr. Shultz is on the hunt for the murderous Brittle Brothers, and Django can lead him to the trail. Django, on the other hand, has a goal of his own – to rescue and free his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Along the way, Django has to perfect his hunting and shooting skills with the help of Dr. Shultz. Their long search leads them to a “Candyland” owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). From there, Django and Dr. Shultz’s plan takes a turn that raises the suspicion of Candie’s main house slave Stephen (Samuel J. Jackson).
I admire Director Tarantino for bringing his original screenplay to life and all the blood, violence and racist remarks that go with it. Aside from the over-the-top gory action that is a true mark of a Quentin Tarantino-classic signature, I also applaud him for he is bold and brave enough to make this controversially racist movie come to fruition.
Though he is seamless with his role as a slave, I still would have asked for a better acting coming from Foxx. Waltz and DiCaprio on the other hand, clearly steal the show. I think DiCaprio deserves to be at least nominated for an Oscar for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, but I guess he was faced with a bunch of other amazing actors in this category, hence the Oscar-snub. Waltz is INCREDIBLE on this film! Jackson brings an immense amount of comic relief while Washington creates a fierce damsel-in-distress aura.
And it all goes back to Quentin Tarantino and his wildly enthusiastic vision. Django Unchained is a fine allegory that reminds the audience that slavery and racism, though part of history, are malevolent for our society today, that even the gore and blood shown on the film are incomparable to the pain that discrimination brings.
4.0 out of 5 stars