Matt's Review of Django Unchained
Be warned, this film is most definitely not for everyone, what with the comic amount of blood splattered throughout and a truly dark storyline, but "Django Unchained" is cinematic entertainment at its finest. "Django" is as intensely brutal as it is genuinely hilarious. It is a stylistically bold mashup of every film genre under the sun, superbly made and insanely entertaining.
Jamie Foxx may play the film's protagonist, but Christoph Waltz steals the show as Schultz, the dentist-turned-bounty hunter who gives Django his freedom and helps him exact revenge on the slave owner who owns his long-separated wife. His is one of my favorite film characters I've encountered in a long while. Some may be turned off by the overly violent blood baths onscreen (but you knew that would be the case from Quentin Tarantino), excessive language, and liberal use of the word "ni**er" (as it truly would have been in that time), but if you can stomach all that, "Django Unchained" as a film is superb.
Love him or hate him, Director Quentin Tarantino knows how to entertain an audience, giving us another brutal and ironically comic and complex film parading as simple popcorn entertainment. The sometimes cartoonish amounts of violence on display contrast the true horrors exacted onto the slaves by their masters in numerous scenes. It does run a little long, and if some seemingly unnecessary scenes towards the end had been chopped and the over-the-top violence had been toned down a little (it was a bit too much for my taste), "Django Unchained" would have been a near-perfect masterpiece. But no matter. "Django Unchained", for those who can handle it, is a hilarious and cruel revenge story that is ultimately Quentin Tarantino's best film.