A Very Entertaining Movie
I did not go into Django expecting very much, but after all the hype this movie recieved, I decided I might aswell give it a shot. What I found is one of the most entertaining, thrilling, and undeniably hilarious films I have ever watched.
I'm not very prone to blood and gore movies, being a large reason for which I tend to stay away from Tarantino, but this beyond a simple minded gut-gushing movie was a very intellingent, witty, and crude dark comedy portraying one of the ugliest chapters in American History. It worked on every level. From the first polite and sudden killings of Dr. Shlutz, to Django's choice of costume, to the failed KKK lynching, and the ultimate massacre, Django Unchained was full of fun. That isn't to say the plot didn't have its flaws, but it was ultimately a worthwhile experience.
Kudos to Tarantino for the direction and Cinematography. The locations they decided to film were beautiful. The plantations, desert towns, and the winter plains especially submerged me in every scene, making the movie a visual joy. I really enjoyed the scenes where Django and Dr. Schlutz were riding with the Bison and the Elk. Very well done.
The acting was also superb. All the palms go to Christoph Waltz in this one: what a great actor. He managed to give his Dr. Schlutz all the audacity and fiestiness he needed, and ultimately made the character the most endearing in the whole story. I couldn't help but feel throughout most of the movie that I wasn't watching the story for Django, I was watching the story for the doctor. He provided the deepest performance, aswell as the most hilarious. That's not to say Jamie Foxx wasn't great, but when you're paired with an actor like Christoph Waltz, it's very difficult to not be devoured and pushed to a side in every scene. Kerry Washington was also great as Django's wife, making us feel all the fear, emotion, and pain in her character's best scenes. DiCaprio; what can I say? He's not only proven himself one of the best actors of his generation, he's also proven to be the most versatile. His performance was one of the most interesting as we saw him portray a ruthless and cold-blooded plantation owner, sweet and charismatic only to those who could afford it. He got the southern Mississippi accent spot on too.
Alot of complaints were heard during awards season that DiCaprio should have been nominated, or should have even won, for the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in Django Unchained. Note however, that although DiCaprio was great as Calvin Candie, he was nowhere near as good as was Christoph Waltz, and didn't receive nearly as much screen time. On this occasion I agree with the Academy: Christoph Waltz earned a much deserved Oscar.
Now, as I mentioned before, the movie did have its flaws. One of the most disturbing was the grotesque use of violence. Although, especially at the beginning, I enjoyed most of the violence and action, it got to a point where it was just gross and unnecessary. The final massacre was just excessive, and I think it was mostly Tarantino's way of disposing of all the left over corn syrup. The movie could have ended without all that bloodshed, but everything that happens after (SPOILER!) Dr. Schlutz kills Candie and dies in return could have easily been avoided, and just added to having the film drag on for another thirty minutes. The film would have been perfect if it had stopped right about there, but alas, it dragged on to leave on the same happy note it could've ended on if it had stopped there. I won't start with the historical inaccuracies because all films have them, and Django was meant for pure fun, using the historical background only as premise for Tarantino's insanity.
Flaws aside, Django Unchained is a highly recommendable movie for anyone looking to have a blast (and isn't squeamish or of a delicate stomach).