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Django Unchained: Review

Posted 10/06/2013

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Django Unchained
We’re pretty sure that nobody but Quentin Tarantino would attempt to make an ultra-violent spaghetti Western that takes an unflinching look at slavery in the pre-Civil War U.S. And we’re totally sure that nobody but Quentin Tarantino could pull it off.

Django (Jamie Foxx) is a plantation slave who is freed by German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to ID his former masters, now Schultz’s targets. The pair become a team, and Schultz agrees to help Django rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the evil slave-owner Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). But entering his vast plantation ‘Candyland,’ run by Candie’s shrewd slave/right-hand man Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) means risking their lives.

With ‘Django Unchained,’ Tarantino takes his signature style—featuring lots of bloodshed plus hilarious quippy dialogue—to a whole new level. Since the subject matter is slavery, there’s a dark intensity to the violent scenes unlike any of QT’s previous flicks.

Foxx and Waltz give powerful performances—at many moments Waltz’s humor keeps the movie from getting too-too heavy. And it’s kind of mind-blowing to see both Jackson and DiCaprio play totally against type as truly loathsome human beings. (Warning: If you’ve thought Leo is dreamy since ‘Titanic,’ this character might just end your crush once and for all.)

‘Django Unchained’ makes a point of graphically showing the horrors of slavery, and some scenes are seriously hard to watch. But this astounding, ambitious movie is definitely worth watching. ‘Django’ incorporates lots of references to old-school flicks—another signature Tarantino move—but it is utterly original.

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