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Film Review: Django Unchained

1st February 2013

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Quentin Tarantino has finally directed a western - and it's probably is one of the best in his huge collection of masterpieces.

The director of Pulp Fiction is a huge Sergio Leone fan and Django Unchained clearly is a reflection of his admiration of this kind of movie. Quentin Tarantino let himself go in this latest direction and all the benefits go to the public, who will probably massively enjoy its three hours of pure genius.

Django Unchained takes place in the USA in the 19th century before the Secession War. It tells the incredible story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave enrolled by Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) – an original former dentist who became a bounty hunter – to emancipate his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), a slave at Candyland, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio)’s plantation.

This unexpected alliance between Django and Dr King Schultz will allow the former slave to become himself a tremendous bounty hunter and get his revenge over his former torturers.

Quentin Tarantino included some elements related to western in Kill Bill 2 but Django Unchained is the consecration of a real passion.

The plot is clearly one of the attractive features in the movie but it wouldn’t be such a masterpiece without the settings (which are completely real), the soundtrack and of course the casting.

The director of Pulp Fiction promised that there wouldn’t be any rigging except for the explosions. No studio, no fake settings - all the landscapes that you can see in Django Unchained are authentic. The shooting took place in the great plains of Wyoming, Louisiana and California. Thanks to this authenticity, the public must be delighted to see that the atmosphere of pre-Secession War was accurately rebuilt. The pro-slavery society was especially well-represented in the scenes taking place at the Candyland plantation in Mississippi, where people can see the difference between slaves who worked in the fields, and the domestic slaves such as Broomhilda, Django’s wife.

The soundtrack is once again an essential feature. The opening music, Luis Bacalov’s Django, is probably one of the best in the movie. It really sets the scene thanks to a reference to the principal character played by Jamie Foxx. Another great sound in the movie is John Legend’s Who did that to you? Once again Tarantino really managed to include sound bites that fit well in the atmosphere of the movie and all these songs give a nice rhythm to it. The public must be completely transported by the soundtrack. 

The casting is also well done. Quentin Tarantino kept some actors from his previous movies such as Samuel L. Jackson (Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction) and Christoph Waltz, a new Tarantino regular since his mind-blowing interpretation of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds. The Austrian actor once again proved that he was capable of a wonderful acting in his interpretation of Dr King Schultz. He’s clearly the character who puts a funny and entertaining touch in the movie.

There are also some new actors who are likely to play under Tarantino’s future directions. Jamie Foxx definitely is a great surprise. The rapper – who already played in different registers in Ray and Jarhead – shows that he is suitable for Tarantino’s movies. Leonardo DiCaprio was possibly big surprise since he has never been under Tarantino’s direction. The result is quite nice especially because he plays a nasty role, which is rare in DiCaprio’s filmography.

So if you’re a Tarantino fan, if you like western movies, or just if you want to have three hours of fun, action and haemoglobin, you ought to come and see Django Unchained and above all retain this wonderful line: “I like the way you die, boy.”

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