Django Unchained


The newest and maybe the bloodiest Tarantino film yet, Django Unchained is an entertaining welcome back party for one of the cinema’s greatest film makers. Set in the Deep South where slavery is just a way of life, Django Unchained follows, well, Django who is saved by a mysterious Dentist who helps him to try and find his long lost wife. This plot leads to a lot of shooting and name-calling but it is Tarantino’s “history” that makes the movie more than just a revenge film. Like Inglorious Bastards, Django is all about remolding the history books, as it is the second “historical fantasy” film that Tarantino has made. Not as polished as Inglorious, Django Unchained is still a Tarantino film which means it is one of the more unique and fun films you’re likely to see all year.

What I have always loved about Tarantino is how he is able to mix his own creativity with the influences of the films/genres that he has loved the most. Each film of his is essentially a throwback movie to other movies while also being so completely different than anything you have ever seen before. Django Unchained is no different as it contains all the nostalgic elements of Leone’s spaghetti westerns while containing everything you love about Tarantino (blood, corky dialogue).  Django though does suffer from not being as “efficient” as Tarantino’s other movies as the film sort of drags towards the end. Running at close to three hours, Django is probably the only Tarantino film that I feel should be shorter. This maybe the consequence of the changing tone of the film (super fast at the beginning, super slow at the end) but nevertheless Django could of used a 30 minute cut. Tarantino’s other movies just moved along more gracefully and captivated me more from start to finish. Django will hold your attention but towards the end the film starts to feel more like work then a night at the movies.

With any Tarantino film you have a cast that contains not a single bad performance. Tarantino is good at not only blowing stuff up but also in getting the best from his actors. The highlight (unsurprisingly) is Leonardo DiCaprio who shines in his first Tarantino affair. His performance is a great mix of both malice and charm that will leave you laughing one minute then fill you with pure rage the next. This is the perfect supporting performance as it compliments or contrasts with the two lead characters. Aye I agree that Jamie Foxx’s Django is the lead but to call Christoph Waltz’s character a supporting role seems wrong to me. Both are great as the first half of the movie is a sort of buddy western. Waltz’s is excellent as the father figure in a movie that desperately needed another protagonist. Foxx is just right as Django as his performance is good enough to be distinctive while not being bad enough to get pushed to the background by the very strong supporting cast. There is always one cast member tho that plays a little role in a Tarantino film but shines nonetheless and here it is Don Johnson as Big Daddy. He is excellent as a money hungry plantation owner and leads probably the funniest and best scene in the movie.

Django Unchained is just another example of what it means to be truly creative in cinema today. It is a movie that is best described as purely “Tarantino.” The dude has been making movies for 20 years and yet his distinctive style still feels as fresh as it did back in 92. Django may not be as disciplined as Tarantino’s other works but it is as fun and as uniquely itself as the rest of Tarantino’s impressive catalogue.



About Brian Rector

I am 22 years old and I go to school at Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri. I have always been an avid filmgoer and I have always wanted a place to share my views and opinions on modern film. This blog is to give reviews on new release, thoughts on other artforms such as music and books, and to discuss the happenings of the film industry. View all posts by Brian Rector

5 responses to “Django Unchained

  • CMrok93

    Good review Brian. Django Unchained is one of the best movies of the year and if you’re a Tarantino fan, then this movie is a must-see. If you love movies like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds, then you’ll love this movie.

  • Stephanie Grant

    Go to CNN,look up Jesse williams’ review of Django, In Chains. He reviewed it today, Feb 21. Food for thought about that director you like so much. I couldn’t have reviewed it better. Hope all is well….we got about 4 inches of ice today!!!!! Be warm!

    • Brian Rector

      Ill have to check that out! Yea I heard you got alot of snow but thankfully you didn’t get as much as up north did! Finally made my list of the Best Films of 2012 and I think you’ll like number 1…

      • stephanie grant

        Just got out of Nominated Doc Shorts and all were superb! Catch them online if you can….won’t disappoint! well I knew you would like Beasts….sorry to see Pi did not make your list especially since Cabin got a mention!!!! Great year for movies when Dark Knight was so low on your list!!!!! Sure would like to see Joachim P get a nod but Lewis is hard to beat. Did not notice Argo on the list either…..made mine! That Hushpuppy resonates a long while! Enjoy the Oscars…..more snow coming our way!


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