Django Unchained (2012) Movie Review

Django_Unchained_PosterDjango Unchained

  • R
  • December 2012
  • Director – Quentin Tarantino
  • Jamie Foxx – Django
  • Christoph Waltz – Dr. King Schultz
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Calvin Candie
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Stephen
  • Kerry Washington – Broomhilda

 

Who’s That Stumbling Around the Dark

Quentin Tarantino is throwing his hat into the western category with his latest epic, Django Unchained.  Django Unchained has nothing to do with Django (1966) or Sukiyaki Western Django (2007).  Although Tarantino did play a character in the second movie mentioned above.  It makes me wonder if that inspired him to make a western after Inglorious Basterds.  Let’s see why Tarantino’s western epic is a Golden Globe winner.

The “D” is Silent, Hillbilly

Django and Dr Schultz cruisingIf you have seen the trailer you know what the story is about, then you could just skip to the next section.  Or you could just keep reading because of my awesome grammatically error filled writing, at least that’s what I tell myself.

The movie starts off in the old west, with a couple of slaves being transferred after being bought at an auction.  During the night, in the woods, the owners of the slaves encounter another traveler.  This traveler claims his name is Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and that he is a dentist looking for a particular slave.

He questions the slaves and comes across Django (Jamie Foxx).  Schultz then asks Django if he knew the Brittle Brothers and if he could recognize when he saw them.  Schultz received the answered he wanted and offered to buy Django from his owners.  The slave owners were not having any of it, and drew their guns on Schultz.  Schultz kills one and incapacitates the other one by shooting his horse, which then fell on him.  Schultz buys Django from the trapped owner and frees the other slaves.  It is shown that the now free slaves kill the owner, while Schultz and Django ride off.

While traveling together, Django finds out that Schultz is really a bounty hunter and never practiced dentistry in 5 years.  Schultz finds out that Django and his wife was sold separately by the Brittle Brothers.  Schultz makes a deal with his new traveling partner, that if he helps him get some bounties including the Brittle Brothers, he will help Django get his wife back.   Does the new duo get the bounty on the Brittle Brothers?  Will they be able find Django’s wife?

I’m Curious What Makes You So Curious

Django shootingIf you know Tarantino’s work, you know his movies are in a league of its own.  This is no different.  I guess, I’ll start with the big controversy between reviewers, which is the over usage of the “N” word.  There are reviewers that claim the “N” word is used too often that it becomes offensive to the viewer.  Knowing this, I was expecting it to be said after every other word.

Did I find it offensive?  No.  Was used it a lot?  You bet, but it’s not like it is in every sentence.  Tarantino was just creating an atmosphere to remind us that back in those days, slavery and racism was really bad and degrading.

Dr Schultz drinkingAs for Waltz winning a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor…yes he highly deserved it.  Everything from his mannerisms like stroking his mustache to his character’s nonchalant, yet charming attitude deserves praise.  I felt he out shined his fellow co-actors, every time he was on screen.  That’s not easy to do, considering the cast that Tarantino had.

Winning Best Screen Play I might have to disagree with the competition it had.  Like I said before, Tarantino’s movies are it’s in own category.  I’m guessing it stuck out from the other nominations because it was bold and something new.  With the exception of Silver Linings Playbook, all the other films were based on true stories (Lincoln, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty).

Even though the other cast didn’t nominated, I did feel they did a fine job.  The friendship that developed between Foxx and Waltz had on screen felt genuine and not forced.  Leonardo DiCarprio made a really interesting scumbag of a villain.  I hope to see him in more roles as a villain.  Samuel Jackson was being Samuel Jackson.  You’ll see what I mean if you go see this movie.  I could actually imagine Tarantino telling Jackson to go do his thing and he does it.

The problem I had with the film, especially having being around 3 hours long was Django.  The first half is the Dr. Shultz show where he’s a fast talking, charming bounty hunter.  Then the 2nd half, Django takes center stage, but I didn’t think his character was as interesting as Dr. Shultz.  Although Django was a fast thinker, he’s wasn’t as charming, just angry when he’s on screen.  Not as fun and I think at the moment when Django begins to take lead on the mission and Shultz took more of a backseat, I felt the movie started to drag.  I miss the fast talking, charming Shultz.

State Your Business or Prepare to Get Winged

KKK being hilariousIf you’re Tarantino fan, I would go and watch it.  If you’re not a Tarantino fan, I would still go and watch it.  It’s funny, there’s action, and interesting characters.  I wish some characters were more developed than others.  It is long a movie, but the performances Tarantino gets out of his actors alone deserves a watch.  I will say not everyone will care for it.  As for me, Django Unchained is a good movie, but it’s not Tarantino’s best.

Random Info I got from this File:
  • Make sure you can see when raiding a camp with pillow sheets on your head
  • The “D” is silent in Django
  • Klu Klux Klan members are hilarious
Other Files to check:
  • Unforgiven
  • Sukiyaki Western Django
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Jackie Brown
File Status: 7 out of 10

 

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Graphic designer by day, and movie blogger whenever I can. Been watching films in the 80s and never lost the love for it. Started Movie Case Files in 2012, and kept writing random reviews ever since. Besides movies, I like watching UFC, collecting retro video games, spending time with the wife, and bacon.

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