Finally! After around a month of waiting and hearing about all the hype and positive reviews, we over here in the UK finally get to experience Django Unchained. To say that the wait for this film wasn’t painful would be an understatement yo. I suffered having to wait for this film’s UK release especially because I love films for Quentin Tarantino.
The premise for the film is as follows:
“Set in the antebellum era of the Deep South and Old West, the film follows a freed slave (Foxx) who treks across America with a bounty hunter (Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Washington) from a cruel and charismatic plantation owner (DiCaprio).”
I thought the story in this film was pretty good. It was great to see Django and Schultz go on this journey together as bounty hunters killing off the people on their checklists, and then seeing them go on the hunt for Calvin Candie to rescue Broomhilda. It was an interesting tale that got progressively better. I loved seeing Django and Schultz bond and have their little adventure together. And then of course there is the part of the film where Calvin Candie comes into play where both he and Stephen contribute to the story in a magnificent way. Now granted the film does feel a bit long in places and I swear I thought the film was going to end at least 3 times before it did, but if you have patience and let the film run its course it is a kick ass story as a whole.
Now when it comes to characters Django Unchained has some of the best film characters I’ve seen in a while. Firstly you have Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman. He was badass! It was interesting to see him go through such a transformation in the film from a timid slave to a gun-wielding bounty hunter. His character really does grow over the course of the film and there are some very memorable scenes with Django that I shall not forget any time soon. Then of course there’s Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz. Waltz again turns in another fabulous performance in a Tarantino film and I can see why Waltz won his Golden Globe for this role. He is this awesome bounty hunter who takes Django under his wing to train him up and free him from slavery. Schultz also has a great way with words, is very funny and knows how to throw down in the action-related situation.
But let’s talk about the epic man of the hour, Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin J. Candie. He was epic awesomeness. This is probably the best role I’ve seen him in for a while, Calvin Candie is such cruel and twisted human being, and yet he is so awesome. He’s the bad guy you love because he is so humorous, charismatic and has a really big presence on-screen. Oh and Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen, damn! He was epic too. I was not expecting such an interesting, mysterious and cruel character to come from him, but as usual Sam Jackson brings the fire to his role. Stephen is a hella funny character with some of the best lines in the film, and some of his interactions of Calvin Candie and Django are really memorable. And lastly there’s Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Shaft. She was wonderfully pretty in the film as always and her character was a big driving force for the plot. Washington did well with her role but when compared to her other co-stars she didn’t do nearly as much, while her character has relevance she won’t be one of the main people you remember about the film after it ends.
And then there’s the presentation for Django Unchained which was frigging awesome. Visually the film was shot in a very interesting manner and featured zooming shots and other types of camera work not normally associated with western films. But with Tarantino’s style of filming it works just fine. Also this film is bloody violent (pun intended), not since Dredd have I seen such violence and carnage on-screen and you know what? It’s frigging awesome, now this film does have some genuinely crazy and gruesome stuff and to some degree I wouldn’t recommend this film for the squeamish, but for everyone else who doesn’t mind that kind of thing then before for violent mayhem and carnage that only Tarantino can bring to films. Also the soundtrack for this film was incredible and as per usual with Quentin Tarantino films there is a variety of music and songs used throughout. The great thing about Tarantino films is the fact that there are many of songs used from different time periods that seem like they shouldn’t fit in the film at all, but the way they are presented and timed with the action on-screen makes them relevant and Django Unchained is not except to the rule. I loved the song “Django” by Rocky Roberts & Luis Bacalov; it sounded so perfect for the film and was totally epic. Also there are some other great contributions from John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Elisa, Rick Ross and several of the original pieces of music for the film helped set the tone for this film very well.
So in conclusion Django Unchained was frigging sweet as hell and was another great film for Quentin Tarantino. The film had a great story, a wonderful cast, some awesome dialogue, the film was shot well and was bloody violent and the soundtrack was lovely too. If I had seen this last year it easily would have made it onto my top 10 list for 2012, but anyway that time has passed all I’m gonna say is for UK audiences go watch this film, you’d be mad not to. 🙂
Thanks for reading my review yo. So have you seen Django Unchained or are going to watch it soon? Whatever your answer is drop me a comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Peace. 😀