Vite's Review of Django Unchained
Intentional or not, the last five Tarantino films, including Django Unchained, have had revenge as their primary theme. Anyone familiar with Tarantino's body of work knows what to expect whenever a new film of his is released. Style and entertainment are much more important for him than substance. There's nothing wrong with this, but I want more from a film.
Django Unchained is a companion piece to Inglourious Basterds. Like Basterds, it revises history by showing oppressed people getting revenge on their oppressors. Unlike Basterds, the film is goofier, contains fewer memorable scenes, and drags in the last half hour.
Once again, Christoph Waltz delivers the best performance. Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson are also good in their roles as a plantation owner and house slave, respectively. The titular character (Jamie Foxx), however, is kind of bland.
Tonally, the film is all over the place. It changes from brutal to silly too often. Violence committed against the slaves is treated seriously, while violence committed against the white slave owners is mostly comedic.