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Review: DJANGO UNCHAINED

5
Posted February 4, 2013 by in Action

Rating

Plot
92%


Acting
95%


Directing
90%


Cinematography
90%


Costume
94%


Musical Score
85%


Total Score
91%

91/ 100

What We Thought

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Year: 2012
 
Runtime: 165 Minutes
 
Available in 3D: No
 

What We Liked :

Career Best Performances, Western tackles Racism
 

What We Disliked:

Run-time, Incredibly Violent
 
Bottom Line

Django Unchained might not be for everyone, but those who can handle the director’s vision are in for a treat.

by Max
Full Article

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Director Quentin Tarantino has never backed away from the difficult issues surrounding racism. His newest film, Django Unchained, upholds his no-holds-barred approach and leaves nothing to the imagination. The spaghetti western features Tarantino’s trademarks all over as well as an Oscar nominated performance from Christoph Waltz. Despite its length, Django Unchained is one of the most satisfying pictures of 2012.

Django Unchained takes place two years before the Civil War in 1858 and in those days racism was as strong as ever. There are few men who are unaffected by the stigma of race as Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) is a bounty-hunter on a mission. In order to find and kill the men on his bounty, he enlists the help of a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) then asks for his help in finding the murderous Brittle brothers. The men become partners taking down bounties together. Django’s ultimate goal is to save his long-lost love Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from an infamous plantation owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

While most westerns tend to avoid racism altogether when it comes to feature films, Tarantino has embraced it here. While at times Django Unchained can be totally gruesome and distasteful the film probably never reaches the pure hatred that was prevalent in America during the 1850’s. Tarantino is more interested in building Django into a hero of justice against various forms of racism than he cares about stepping on somebody’s toes.

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There are few directors that can extract career best performances from actors, but Quentin Tarantino has done that with a few of his actors in Django Unchained. While Jamie Foxx, may not have as many speaking lines as either DiCaprio or Waltz, he has a heavy demeanor and much more is said about his character through the various close-ups and psychical actions. Christoph Waltz has once again benefited from the direction of Tarantino. His performance here as Schultz might be a little too similar to his role in Inglorious Basterds, its as though he has stolen the picture away from his co-stars. DiCaprio’s performance might be more notable for him playing against type, but he continues to prove he is A-list caliber with his continued success. Unjustly missed in a lot of the conversation surrounding Django Unchained, Samuel L. Jackson delivers his best performance in years as Stephen, the head house slave. He has strong sense of sustainability and will do anything in order to survive.

Django Unchained has a staggering run-time, heading into the three-hour range, but never feels like it overstays its welcome. While there are some scenes that feel like they should-be left on the cutting room floor (the KKK scene in particular), most of the scenes fit well. There may also be complaints about the movie dragging its feet near the ending. Tarantino obviously knows what he is doing and must’ve felt that lead to the conclusion he envisioned.

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Final Word:

Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s strongest film since Kill Bill. While it doesn’t have the directors flair for jumping through various chapters of the story, he could be easily defined as Tarantino’s epic. With its unflinching stance at racism, Django Unchained might not be for everyone, but those who can handle the director’s vision are in for a treat.

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About the Author

Max

Chief Editor of Impassionedcinema. A film enthusiast who studies and creates his own films. Criticizing movies is his favorite pass-time.

5 Comments


  1.  
    Dan

    Great to hear this film is as good as I was hoping. Still haven’t had a chance to see it yet but hoping to change that very soon. Thanks for the glowing recommendation Max! :)




  2.  

    One of your negatives “incredibly violent” might be one of my favorite things about this film ;-) It’t Tarantino you know what your gonna get when you walk into the theater. Glad you enjoyed this one as much as we did.




    •  
      impsndcnma

      I know. Some people will see the trailer for this though and assume they can handle it or it won\’t be too messy since DiCaprio is in it.




  3.  
    Dina Matta

    This is perhaps the most overrated film of the decade, Quentin Tarantino has outdone himself in loving every frame he produced to the point of the film going over its length and most of the scenes overstaying their welcome. The film was loud and it dumbed down the audience over- feeding the jokes, over extending the dialogues and practically yelling in the audience’s ears as if they were emotionally numb. The “funny” ways in which characters were killed off and the protagonist’s vengeance took place was ludicrous and like everything in the movie was self indulgent and utterly boring. The character of waltz was written strictly for this actor to play it and he was unrestrained because the director was in love with his own lines and the editor had no power to make him cut some of the scenes. The premise of an assassin taking on a companion is silly and certainly also giving his life in the process is ridiculous. I fell asleep halfway through the first time I saw the film and saw it again to be fair. Horrible movie, this is what happened to cinema I’m afraid, ego maniacal Directors in love with the smell of their own excrement with halfwitted producers greedy for the dollar. This is the shape we are in unfortunately, so long subtlety and respect of human intellect. Now films like this get rewarded. And by the way violence is incredible if used properly in films however in the hands of such a child it becomes silly and cheap
    PS: Even someone as kind and talented and great as Enio Morricone said he will never work with this director again and he regretted the experience.





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