Django Unchained

Django Unchained ★★★½

Fun but uneven, and very much a step backwards for Tarantino after Inglourious Basterds. There's no doubt the great man has something to say about slavery, but it's largely lost in his switch in tone from the engrossing and solid first half, to the over-the-top second. Foxx is watchable enough as Django, but it's Christoph Waltz who grounds the film with a titanic and very human performance in a cast of mostly caricatures. If only Tarantino hadn't made such lazy choices late on in the film, but at least we have Samuel L Jackson to guffaw over.