Django Unchained (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.

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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave. -- (C) Weinstein
Rating:
R (for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Western
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Cast

Jamie Foxx
as Django
Christoph Waltz
as Dr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprio
as Calvin Candie
Walton Goggins
as Billy Crash
Kerry Washington
as Broomhilda
Dennis Christopher
as Leonide Moguy
Laura Cayouette
as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly
M.C. Gainey
as Big John Brittle
Don Johnson
as Big Daddy
Todd Allen
as Dollar Bill
Misty Upham
as Minnie
James Remar
as Ace Speck
James Russo
as Dicky Speck
Tom Wopat
as U.S. Marshal Gill Tatum
Jonah Hill
as Bag Head #2
David Steen
as Mr. Stonesipher
Bruce Dern
as Old Man Carrucan
Franco Nero
as Bar Patron
Don Stroud
as Sheriff Bill Sharp
Russ Tamblyn
as Son of a Gunfighter
Amber Tamblyn
as Daughter of Son of a Gunfighter
Cooper Huckabee
as Lil Raj Brittle
Doc Duhame
as Ellis Brittle
Lee Horsley
as Sheriff Gus
Ato Essandoh
as d'Artagnan
Sammi Rotibi
as Rodney
Clay Donahue Fontenot
as Big Fred's Opponent
Escalante Lundy
as Big Fred
Zoe Bell
as Tracker
Michael Bowen
as Tracker
Jake Garber
as Tracker
Ted Neeley
as Tracker
James Parks
as Tracker
Tom Savini
as Tracker
Michael Parks
as LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
John Jarratt
as LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
Quentin Tarantino
as LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
RZA
as Thaddeus
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Critic Reviews for Django Unchained

All Critics (254) | Top Critics (49)

Django Unchained is 165 minutes and nothing much happens beyond talk and the provision of corpses. The plot lurches around and the artful structure of Pulp Fiction has been abandoned.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

A film bursting with pleasures great and small ...

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

Django Unchained has mislaid its melancholy, and its bitter wit, and become a raucous romp. It is a tribute to the spaghetti Western, cooked al dente, then cooked a while more, and finally sauced to death.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Genre-movie-mad writer-director Quentin Tarantino's foray into Western World is a pretty grave disappointment.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors.

Full Review… | December 27, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Django Unchained

½

Tarantino empowers a black slave named Django to get his well-deserved revenge against his white oppressors, creating an exhilarating, revisionist Western full of panache as he injects Sergio Corbucci's directing style in a top-notch vengeance-driven blaxploitation plot.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Maybe Sergio Leone's best film is an update of everything he's done before, only politically corrected, historically corrected, with new film technology taken into context. The black guy is the hero here, the man with no name named Django. Christoph Waltz has so much fun with his role that he should've paid Tarentino. At last Samuel L. Jackson gets to piss on the years of supposed "black parts" he's played to secure his career. Loved this. Half star removed for poorly written women's roles, but its forgivable. Otherwise, perfect.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

The new Tarantino flick, I gotta be cruel, there can't be any favours now, straight down the line. So first off I've never really been much of a Tarantino fan, the guy made two decent films many many years ago ('Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs') and has pretty much lived off the reputation he gained ever since. So what we have here is a 60/70's type retro homage to the classic violent westerns of that time mainly made by Leone. The thing is this film is not a spaghetti western, it may look like one or try to imitate one but its not. The term spaghetti western was coined during the 60's for western films that were made in Italy/Spain with Italians and other Euro folk, for budgetary reasons. This is a mega budget film jam packed with huge squillion dollar earning stars, far from the source material methinks. Think 'The Man with the Iron Fists' and you're on the right track my friends, this is a western equivalent. This may have worked much better with more of an unknown cast. The huge overpaid names hired tend to detach you from the reality of the setting, you'd think Tarantino would know better. The plot is the standard revenge one but with a difference, this western is all about African slaves, one particular slave fighting back, fighting the man. Now this is a plus point for the film as its not shying away from real history unlike many old westerns. This is a great concept for a great realistic drama/thriller, unfortunately what we get is yet another typical Tarantino personal fanboy flick which kinda borders on old blaxploitation flicks. You could almost say the film has Superfly stylings, Jamie Foxx's character turns from innocent slave to Shaft in the wild west accompanied by a dreadful soundtrack to boot, there's even rap in this! Yes the film is violent which is cool but again Tarantino just goes way over board almost making the film a spoof in some places. Now having ridiculously huge exploding bloody squibs is top stuff, exhibit A: 'Robocop' and 'Total Recall'...the 90's version of course, what do you take me for?! geez! But these films were futuristic sci-fi so you could believe the excess blood as possible with futuristic weapons. This film is a period set western so it is totally ludicrous looking, of course its not suppose to be a serious film but these little things matter for your suspension of disbelief. To be honest I was kinda expecting an old style western much like Eastwood classics such as the 'Dollars' trilogy or 'Josey Wales' or the original 'Django' even! But alas I was disappointed with this film, disappointed to see its just another excuse for Tarantino to use profanity and needless violence for almost three hours!!! wha?!! Acting is pretty terrible from everybody bar Waltz who really should be in more serious epic roles where his talent would be better shown off. Jackson is perfect for the film as he gets to shout and swear continuously using his two favourite words whilst showing very little other talent, this man is the most over hyped actor in cinematic history. Didn't care about any of the characters a tall, only Waltz gave an interesting turn as the innocent peaceful dentist with a lethal hidden skill. Maybe they should of used Denzel Washington for Django, Foxx is bland and dull. Not advisable to watch if you're a touchy liberal lefty that's for sure, this film may be a homage of sorts but the 'N' word is said so much you may come out thinking its OK to use it much like any other naughty word. I realise this film has done well but I simply can't understand why, I've seen a whole string of films recently which are far superior to this. For me this had potential to be a really good serious western ala 'Unforgiven' but instead its just more funky Tarantino retro trash.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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