Life, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance.
A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from the brutal Calvin Candie, a Mississippi plantation owner.
"Gentlemen, you had my curiousity. But now, you have my attention."
Quentin Tarantino has had my attention since the very first time I saw Pulp Fiction. It was the first film I ever saw where one of the first words that came to mind was masterpiece! It was my first Tarantino, I've seen everything he's directed since and I've been impressed every damn time. In my opinion he simply doesn't make bad films.
So with everything I said in the above paragraph in mind, I went into Django Unchained with very high expectations.
HOLY SHIT! Tarantino not only meets my high expectations of him but he far exceeds them. Simply put he has created another masterpiece that will…
It was only a matter of time before Tarantino tackled the Western directly. His career from the very beginning has openly referenced the genre and the great directors that made their name in it. What surprised me most about Django Unchained, his latest epic revenge fantasy, is that whilst it quite clearly references the likes of Leone, Corbucci and Sollima, as well as obscure and forgotten blaxploitation flicks, it is rarely a slave (if you pardon the pun) to the films it doffs its stetson too. Unlike Kill Bill which was essentially a finely tuned mixtape of homages and pastiches, here the references are background details and in that way this might be Tarantino’s most confident work in over a…
It's not you, Django, it's me. At least I think it is.
First off, I do not like Westerns. At all. I had my hopes pinned on Mr. Tarantino to save the genre for me, but I'm afraid he didn't. Second, I love Tarantino. I have seen all his films and while not all his films are masterpieces, there are some true gems there. I also have no problems with the 'Tarantino universe' and his self-referential, homage/collage style. It works for me. And the ironic thing is that it is exactly that that seems to be this film's biggest flaw. More on that later, first the good bits.
The acting is absolutely superb. The main trio of performances, with the…
Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino's filmography reads like a symphony of revenge, blood, sam jackson and laughs. His latest entry, also a two word title, is Django Unchained. And it may be his best movie yet.
Revenge has really taken a hold of QT's writing as of late. He seems to really get inspiration from these characters that are hell bent on hell sending. If you thought the protagonist in Kill Bill was a bad ass, revenge seeking mother fucker, well wait till you see Django. Jamie Foxx is a volatile, whipped, ripped bad ass that I don't think anyone will soon forget. His play on the classic character archetype of very little…
You know how I only normally do one quote at the beginning of my reviews? Well, just to emphasise the genius of the dialogue, here’s four of the best lines from the four leads:
“Jesus Christ, Stephen, what is the point of having a n***er that speak German, if ya can’t wheel ‘em out when you have a German guest?!” – Calvin Candie
“Django! You uppity son of a-” - Stephen
“Our mutual friend has a flair for the dramatic.” - Dr King Schultz
“D’Artagnan, motherf**ker!” - Django Freeman
Well…where to start? I don’t really know. I know for sure that its Tarantino’s 4th best film to date, but that doesn’t really tell me how much I love it. It…
Part of The December Project: Film #70
Snappy Dialogue with lots of profanity?
Anachronistic pop songs?
An attempt to emulate Sergio Leone and Jean Luc Godard?
Loads of cameos from various notable B actors and lower?
A wicked sense of humor?
Yup. It's a Tarantino film.
Before I get into the more negative part of my review, I feel as if I should clarify something: I had a blast watching Django Unchained. I didn't really expect it to have the effect on me, but it did. I was smiling the whole time, I was laughing at all the right moments, and I got excited at all the exciting parts. In that respect,…
I don't always like Tarantino films, but this one really got me!
Truly magnificent western Tarantino style and gorgeously looking movie.
Hoping for another Kill Bill I and II.
Not quite, but worthwhile.
Leonardo DiCaprio steals the show for me every time I watch this slice of awesomeness. Easily one of my favourite actors of all time and has been for a long time now.
Christoph Waltz is of course brilliant, his way with words is outstanding and Jamie Foxx is fantastic and very believable as the gun-slinging smart-mouthed Badass Django, the D is silent. :)
Every time I watch this film I can never stop thinking about how absolutely stunning the dialogue is, definitely one of my favourite scripts not just in Tarantino's films but any. And the Southern-American accents definitely help with the delivery of lines even more so for DiCaprio, love those kinds of accents. Get a chuckle out of them in a respectable way of course.
I feel I will never tire of this film.
The end of the year is near, so I've decided to revisit "Django Unchained" before I compile my "Best of the year list". Here are a couple of loosely tied observations about the movie.
Firstly, I've noticed that Quentin's latest story walks a thin line between a fairy-tale about revenge and a grounded tale about slavery. Nowhere is this more evident than in this movie's violence. Sufferings the slaves have to endure in "Django Unchained" are depressingly repulsive. On the other hand, when the titular character exacts revenge on the evil white slavers, the violence is almost joyful in its exaggeration. Those two approaches mix surprisingly well and provide (as Quentin intended - youtu.be/UqgP9l88b1I?t=2m47s) a "cathartic" and, surprisingly (at least…
I'm pretty sure when Quentin Tarantino is making a film now he asks himself "what would Quentin Tarantino do?" and then tries to do that.
It's still too long...
pretty fuckin good