Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shatterblog!: Django Unchained Review

Hey guys. I delayed this review a day or two in the hopes that one of my compatriots would write something to prevent the blog homepage from being taken over by me. But they missed that chance so I'm just gonna write my damn review.

My family went to see Tarantino's new Django Unchained shortly after Christmas, all being big fans of the writer/director's previous work. Let me start off by saying, this movie was amazing. I currently cannot decide  whether Django or Inglorious Basterds is my second favorite, following of course Pulp Fiction (I hear Resevoir Dogs is as good, I have not seen it though).

Django Unchained tells the story of a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx) who is brought into the bounty hunting business by Doctor King Shultz (Christoph Waltz, who was the Jew Hunter in Basterds). It is quickly revealed that Django wants to find and free his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from notorious slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). What ensues is a beautiful Western with great dialogue, excellent action, a few solid laughs, and that Tarantino flair.

The acting and casting were phenomenal. Foxx and Waltz both delivered Tarantino's famously good dialogue extremely well in every scene. They complement each other well in all their scenes together, and have a very convincing on screen relationship. DiCaprio delivers a detestable bad guy, and is completely engrossing to watch. Spoiler free, I will say there is a scene where DiCaprio's hand is bleeding. According to my brother who I saw it with, it was reported that he actually injured his hand quite badly but didn't break character and delivered the best take there. At some point I am sure they tended to it and replaced it with fake blood for the camera, but it was a great scene. There were a lot of really great small parts as well. Samuel L. Jackson has a hysterical but also quite malevolent character throughout the end of the movie. Jonah Hill makes a fantastic appearance as a nameless character in one of the funnier scenes. As always, Tarantino made an appearance in a pretty great scene of his own.
The obviously serious tone of the movie was not marred by several laugh-out-loud funny scenes. They are well timed and organic, not feeling dropped in to add a laugh. The fact that some funny things happen does not detract from the drama of the story. Fair warning, there is a bit of ridiculous gore, and a few really disturbing images and scenes involving the treatment of slaves, which is of course horrendous. Also, if you're offended by foul language you will have some issues with this movie, although you should know what you're getting into with a Tarantino film. The action scenes are a tad over the top, but are interesting and fun, a few with real emotional impact. The story is fantastic, the characters are extremely well written, and the camera work is often noticeably fantastic. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough, especially to Tarantino fans. This is a fantastic film, well worth seeing on the big screen. 9.75/10.

2 comments:

  1. *Brumhilda, lrn 2 german
    *Tarentino, lrn 2 directors

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