Movie Review – Django Unchained

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Django Unchained was one of those movies that I had an urge to see, but couldn’t really put my finger on why. A lot of movies that I pay money for at the theaters are ones that I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Django was different. Westerns aren’t really my favorite genre of film, but I still payed the almost eleven dollars to see this one. I think my main motivation was for research on techniques. I’ve heard to become a good filmmaker, you just have to watch movies and study them. Tarantino has a very specific style to his films, so I wanted to study how he does things. The entertaining story of Django Unchained was just the icing on the cake.

The story revolves around a slave by the name of Django (Jamie Foxx) who is purchased, and set free, by Dr. King Shultz (Christopher Waltz) who is a German dentist, turned bounty hunter. The two men strike a deal to help each other. Django helps the Doctor find his bounties, while Dr. King helps Django find his wife.
The story deals heavily with violent scenes and brutal slavery themes. Parts of the film really send the point across of this brutality with either two black men fighting each other to the death, or a slave being ripped apart by dogs. Django Unchained is not for the faint of heart. While some of the blood and gore is very over the top, it’s still a violent, red stained mess. Some of this works to an artistic effect, like when one of the bounties was shot and we see the blood spatter across the white cotton in the southern fields. That was a nice touch!

Despite the intense bloodbaths, Quentin Tarantino is a very talented director. His choice of camera movements, and the writing are all exceptional. And there was a lot of great comedy moments in this film as well. The actors fit perfectly in their roles, and the chemistry between Jamie Foxx and Christopher Waltz is amazing. You really learn to love the characters and care about what happens to them. That’s a good sign that the writing and acting are both great! And enough cannot be said for Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as the “villain”, if you will. He really is an outstanding actor, and he doesn’t disappoint in this role whatsoever.

All in all, I’m really happy I decided to go see Django Unchained. And while it was an extremely long movie, at almost three hours, it was definitely worth the money to see. Not to mention it gave me some material to study from. ;).
I would give it 4 out of 5 Stars.


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