Maksim's Review of Django Unchained


  • 14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Django Unchained

    Django Unchained (2012)

    Bold, violent and visually extravagant Django Unchained is the most engaging, vibrant and daring western since ages. With the impeccable style of Tarantino, a provocative content and a cult A-star Hollywood cast, this movie delivers a strange mixture of delightful entertainment, offensive humor and controversial directorial decisions. This sets a new standard for modern western movie-making and destines Django Unchained to become an all time classic.

    With a typical old school spaghetti western start, Django Unchained goes wild from the very beginning. Nobody, but Quentin Tarantino, is able to mix in such a way excessive violence, stylish humor and captivating story. The main plot-line is not immediately revealed and when Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx get close to the end of their initial agreement, the movie actually opens itself up for the real story.

    The real adventure is saving Django's beloved Broomhilda from Leonardo Di Caprio. During this adventure director Quentin Tarantino gives the audience everything that a person may want from a movie: excitement, drama, edgy moments, fun, thought-provoking scenes, romance and of course brilliant acting. Typically for a Tarantino movie the level of controversy is sky-high as his comical approach to the provocative and painful slavery topic becomes Tarantino's weapon against racism, inhumanity and the past. The whole two hours and fifty minutes are Tarantino's next revenge on history. Just like with Inglorious Basterds, he challenges the history and re-writes it in the way he finds just and righteous.

    Every single Tarantino delivery has been marked by one or several characters which soon or late obtain a cult status. Django Unchained makes no difference. The trio Foxx-Waltz-Di Caprio is no less than mesmerizing. It is impossible to point out who shines the most as the Tarantino gives the three of them unique roles. Django ("with silent "d"", as Foxx says)is an embodiment of fury and anger. Jamies Foxx is seeking his revenge and it is only Christoph Waltz as Dr. Schultz with his sophisticated manners and cunning tongue who manages to temper him down. With his style, dark philosophical thinking and emotionless brutality Christoph Waltz delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. His character is probably the one closest to the director's personality and he is Tarantino's messenger in this movie. Watching Waltz in a second cult role after Inglorious Basterds is an immense pleasure. On top of that Leonardo Di Caprio as Calvin Candie is the right match for Waltz. Their final dialogue and the game of pride is the sharpest most ironic part of the movie.

    Django Unchained is everything that a movie fan could dream of. It is Quentin Tarantino's most complete and rewarding movie and it is a real shame that he was neglected for the Best Director Award. No matter what the Academy thinks (or actually the bunch of other directors who neglected Tarantino), Django Unchained is by no means one of the best westerns delivered ever and it constitutes Tarantino as one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema.

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