Friday, 1 February 2013

Film Review Friday: Django Unchained [2013]

As everyone knew since the release and trailers for Django the film tells the story of German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who frees the slave, Django (Jamie Foxx) and sets out to rescue Django's wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The storyline is clear and simple to follow, which does not come as a shock due to the previous Tarantino films. Of course his nonlinear narratives attempt to make his films challenging. However, this film is different (and I personally believe it's his first?) as being set out in a straight forward linear fashion.

From other blog posts and review I knew the script contained the society offensive "N"word, and straight after the opening credits, this word is dropped several times. At first this feels uncomfortable, however during the course of the film, the word is continuously used, effectively reducing the meaning of the word and reducing the offensiveness and uncomfortableness, and most surprisingly becoming punch lines to the many jokes in the film.

For me Leonardo stole the show, and really brought everything together giving the film it's western feel, and the funny history lesson. I believe this could be Leonardos performance of his career. The accent he puts on is brilliant, you definitely believe his southern voice, and that he owns the Mississippi plantation. He truly is evil, but you can't help but love the character, due him being so interesting, with the clothes and wanting to dive deeper into his life story.

Like previous films, Tarrantino appears in a small cameo, which unfortunately is dreadful. The writer/director simply can't act, and stands out in the film far too much. Taking you out of the film momentarily. Thankfully his scene with Jamie Foxx is okay to watch.

Next time Quentin, can you please just have background cameos, and keep your mouth shut.

Django is a fun packed western, full of comical scenes which will keep you highly entertained, leaving the cinema with you wanting to see the film again. However, I still can't decided if this will go down as one of Quentin's classics against Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.

I would love to know your thoughts if you have seen it.

MH x

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