Sam Meltzer🏳️🌈’s review published on Letterboxd:
Miss Laura should teach flight lessons 🦅💨
Just two dudes being dudes while killing their way through slavery, what could be better?! A reversed look at a tragic historical time period, Django Unchained understands how to bend facts in a way that both isn’t offensive and holds your attention. Arguably one of the most ‘fun’ films to come out recently, this film utilizes audience engagement before anything else creating an environment that is so welcoming yet also so risky. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz are a perfectly likable duo, providing us with beautiful and natural chemistry to support the first two acts of the film. Sam Jackson, Kerry Washington and especially Leo also have their time to shine performing under such memorable side characters.
The cinematography of this film is surprisingly effective showcasing both stunning American landscapes and capturing the grim reality of slavery. My favorite shot in the film is the one after Christoph Waltz shoots the slave owner and you see the fresh, fluffy and brightly colored cotton get hit by a splash of blood. It’s spectacular to watch a seemingly ‘innocent’ object get demolished by a strong and deathly force. The sound effect of the blood hitting the plant is incredibly real, immersive and especially bloody. And there are plenty of shots like this, ones that put you in the setting while infusing a lot of emotion. I use to think that Tarantino’s only speciality was writing, but it’s clear to see that he has immense talent while typing some words and speaking behind a camera.