Spoil-Free Reviews!: Django Unchained

Django Unchained was the first movie I saw this winter break and also happens to be the movie I was most excited for over as well (with Gangster Squad coming in at a very close second).  Quentin Tarantino, Slavery, and guns what’s not to love.  If there’s anything I love more than a good movie its a good movie that is also controversial.  I was excited to see Django already but the outrage from the trailer and the line “Kill white people and get paid for it? What’s not to like?” as well as Spike Lee’s very vocal disdain for the movie pretty much guaranteed that I would see Django at midnight.

If you haven’t ever seen a Quentin Tarantino movie then you’re either in for a great treat or a very rude awakening.  This stylized western takes everything people love (and everything they hate) about Tarantino and puts it on display unapologetic and unabashedly.  The fight scenes are at times drawn out and are certainly over the top, but considering its a Tarantino film tame and much more realistic than earlier movies such as Kill Bill.  This movie was not perfect however the performances by many of the supporting cast were lacking like that from Kerry Washington for example.  I think we were supposed to believe that Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) was just as strong willed as Django (Jamie Foxx) but it was hard to feel anything for her character but pity.  There were also times when Tarantino completely ignored the value of brevity but overall the film was paced pretty well.  Django may have been over the top and cartoonish but also endearing.  But no matter what you may think of the subject matter Django is really everything a real movie goer should be looking for in a movie: well-acted, well-directed, well-written (may in fact be the most quotable movie of the year), funny, excessively violent in the best way, and above all a great movie going experience.  You are not disappointed by the ending at all (I shan’t spoil anything), often times you leave a movie wishing that you hadn’t seen that ending and revenge movies fall victim to that more than other genres (do you remember the ending to Repo Man) but Django Unchained has a very satisfying ending. Without spoiling it for you I will tell you everything you want to happen happens.

Key Moments:

The bag scene aka the beginning of the Klu Klux Klan.

Django’s first kill on the plantation.

Really any scene with Django, Dr. King Schultz, and Calvin Candie at the same time.

Ratings:

Casting: 7/10

Acting (Main Cast): 9/10

Acting (Supporting Cast): 5/10

Directing: 9/10

Writing: 7/10

Plot: 10/10

Cinematography: 4/10

Soundtrack: +3

Racial Tension: +2

Genre Specific:

Action Sequences: 10/10

Humor: 7/10

Western Motif: 7/10

Bloody Fucking Murder: +3

Easter Eggs: +1

For example:

Same actor playing two supporting roles

Cameos

References to Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Overall Rating: 8.71/10 (amazing)

Pop Culture Che Suggests: 5/5 (See in theaters a few times)

 

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