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Django Unchained (2012) Movie Review

December 28, 2012

Quentin Tarantino has a reputation for having a bit of a penchant for an older style of film-making that seems to have gone out of style. It is for this reason that his films tend to be quite refreshing for a film buff tired of the Michael Bay style of action film-making. Tarantino showed his skill in his last film, “Inglorious Basterds” for bringing history to life in his own twisted way. Tarantino’s films tend to delight in subjects that some might find distasteful. “Django Unchained” presents for your viewing pleasure the taboo subject of pre-Civil War slavery.

Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who is freed by a bounty hunter named Dr. Schultz (Christopher Waltz). Dr. Schultz seeks Django’s help in locating and identifying certain fugitives. Once they finish that work, Dr. Schultz and Django set off to rescue Django’s wife, a beautiful young slave girl who was taught German from her original mistress. Along the way, they take out a few more fugitives for good measure. The film builds nicely to a bloody, explosive climax that brings the film to a satisfying close.

Tarantino frequently fills his films with existing music rather than hiring a composer to write new material. For “Django Unchained,” much of this music comes in the form of pieces from Italian westerns and other film scores by composers such as Luis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, and Riziero Ortolani. It also sports an original song written for the film by Ennio Morricone himself. The music compliments the film nicely, although a couple of the songs sound like they were remixed to add unnecessary bass. There is one rap track in the film that also shows up in the credits but thankfully it is tolerable.

“Django Unchained” is a lengthy movie at 2 hours and 45 minutes but it never overstays its welcome. This is largely because the script and music combine to create an intellectually stimulating film. The camera work is also superb, with some beautiful shots in styles rarely seen in modern films. While the film does have a few scenes of bloody violence, they are not the main focus of the film. Like “Inglorious Basterds”, there is much more talking here than killing.

All the main actors in the film do a superb job. Christopher Waltz, Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio each take over the screen whenever they are on camera. Samuel L Jackson gives a great performance as well. If you are a fan of “Inglorious Basterds,” “Django Unchained” is a must-see film that will not disappoint.


From → Action, Drama, Western

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