Django: Unchained Movie Review

Rey Carpio, Staff Writer

Quentin Tarantino has created another brilliant, action-packed, blood-filled masterpiece with Django: Unchained. In Django: Unchained, with the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. The greatest thing about this film is Tarantino’s writing and directing. This film is over 2 ½ hours and there isn’t a moment where the audience is bored. Tarantino’s talent is combined with great performances by Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film starts with Waltz’s character, Schultz, freeing Django, played by Jamie Foxx, in order to gain help with his assignment as a bounty hunter. Django identifies the men Schultz needs to kill and capture for his job and helps kill them. Schultz makes a deal with Django and if Django continues to help him through winter; Schultz will help Django find his wife who is a slave at a plantation owned by DiCaprio’s character, Calvin Candie.

The greatest performance in this film is DiCaprio’s by far. He portrays an abysmal villain who is brutal toward his slaves. It is a shock that DiCaprio didn’t get nominated for an Academy Award. There is actually a scene where his character explodes with rage and smashes a glass but when DiCaprio did this, he cut his hand on accident and continued with the rest of the scene, remaining completely in character. Tarantino used the actual take where this happened and you can see it clearly in the movie. This shows how dedicated he was to his role as an actor and adds to the menacing performance he gives.

Like any Tarantino movie, this movie is very racy and many critics will be against it because it takes a subject as brutal and horrifying as slavery, turns it on its head, and creates a movie that is a comedy as much as it is a drama. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest movies in 2012. The performances were incredible and Tarantino brought amazing talent once again with realistic, captivating writing and stylish directing. Westerns are rare to see and this movie knocks the genre out of the park. It easily deserves a 5/5 from me and I strongly suggest you see it for a great time.