Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bloodily brilliant: 'Django Unchained' review

When I learned "Django Unchained" is directed by Quentin Tarantino, I knew it would be bloody. And it turned out to be one, in a brilliant way.

The film is set two years before the American Civil War, and tells the story of a freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) who treks across the United States with a German former dentist and now bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (recent Oscar Best Supporting Actor winner Christoph Waltz) to save his wife Broomhilda von Schaft (Kerry Washington) from a charismatic but cruel plantation owner Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

"Django Unchained" is like Tarantino's representation of superheroes, except no superpowers, but guns, horses, and bombs. This irreverent tale of the Wild Wild West is viciously violent yet outrageously entertaining, thrilling, and superbly-acted.

I can say Mr. Waltz deserves all the recognitions (Oscars, BAFTA, Golden Globe) he got from this movie, since he really stood out. This is his second Oscar win after another Tarantino film in 2009, "Inglorious Basterds," where he was equally commendable for his role as an evil Nazi.

Even so, Django himself Foxx did a very well representation of a slave (although he was snubbed of an Oscar nomination), so as the other supporting characters. And oh, Samuel L. Jackson, who plays here Candie's staunchly loyal senior house slave Stephen, is very efficient with his deadly stare, disturbing tremor, and pure aggresiveness.

For two hours and forty-five minutes, "Django Unchained" surely won't fail you with its creative, funny, innocuous masterpiece made the Tarantino way.

Rating: 9/10

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