Sunday, February 17, 2013

Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino offers up a very different look at the slavery era in his latest film, Django Unchained.

Django (Jamie Foxx) is being transported across Texas by foot with four other slaves. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a bounty hunter parading as a traveling dentist, stops the caravan and takes Django with him. He's been after Django because he knows the identities of three targets that Schultz is after. After helping him take out the targets, Schultz realizes Django's potential as a bounty hunter. Together, they go after the targets, in exchange Django receives a portion of the reward money and Schultz agrees to help him track down his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). The duo track her down to the hands of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Their mission against Candie becomes even bigger when they discover that he employs his female slaves as "comfort girls" and his male slaves as mandingos; the pair take on Candie and his loyal house slave, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).

The movie was another great turn-out from Tarantino, adding a bit of spaghetti western to his signature neo-noir, though the subject matter made it a little hard to watch at times. It's always interesting to see how he will use his favorite actors and Samuel L. Jackson was not wasted in this film. Christoph Waltz, who after this and Inglorious Basterds seems to be Tarantino's new go-to, was great to watch here, as well; he has a great way of delivering his lines that always makes him worthwhile. The Tarantino first-timers were great; Jamie Foxx brought the perfect amount of humor and grit to the role and Leonardo DiCaprio was, as always, a pleasure to see on-screen.

Mini soundtrack:

Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton - "Freedom"

Rick Ross - "100 Black Coffins"

Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"

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