Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
In the pre-Civil War South, Django, a slave (Foxx), is freed by a bounty hunter (Waltz) and eventually becomes partners in hunting down criminals for cash. Django takes advantage of his natural gunslinging skills to seek out his missing wife (Washington) and take revenge on those who whipped, sold and now own her.
Before I get to the pure-genius-awesomeness of this movie, I am well aware of its intense, ugly portrayal of Black slavery. Knowing Tarantino, slavery should be intense and he won’t apologize for it. That’s his style. He takes on and magnifies things that are ugly: violence against women in Kill Bill, drug use in Pulp Fiction, Nazi dogma in Inglorious Basterds, and the list goes on. Tarantino takes these uncomfortable topics and jams them in your face. Slavery is no exception. Even in 2013, slavery is America’s shame. I’m glad Tarantino didn’t sanitize anything. No one complained when Spielberg made Amistad…In fact, they threw all kinds of awards at him. Just sayin’.
Jamie Foxx is Tarantino’s latest pulp superhero. His transformation from broken slave to dynamite can-o-whoopass was fantastic! I was cheering for him in every second of the movie. Every giant explosion, every racist he capped, and all the Butch Cassidy shit he pulled had me talking to screen for the WHOLE movie!
“Oooooooooo! Aw shit!”
Give Christoph Waltz another Oscar. Give him 5. He steals the show again. Seeing DiCaprio and Sam Jackson in villainous roles were money too. I enjoyed seeing all the cool cameos and Unchained’s spaghetti Western vibe kept me glued to my seat, even though some might complain about the use of R&B, hip-hop, and other contemporary artistry. This film is Tarantino at his most unrestrained. We all know his directing style and his film fetishes. Django lets them all loose, almost to the point of brutal excess. Even I had to look away a few times (can’t you say this about any QT film?).
My Django was definitely Unchained when I left the theatre…go see this movie!