Sound Off: Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 27, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The Fastest Gun in the South." It's here! Now playing in theaters everywhere is Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited "spaghetti western" Django Unchained, starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a freed-slave-turned-bounty hunter named Django ("the D is silent"). He's joined by Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Candyland plantation owner Calvin Candie, with Samuel L. Jackson. It's violent, it's funny and entertaining, but is it any good? One of the best Tarantino movies? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Django Unchained.
Damn, I love this movie. It took two viewings for me to really admit how much I dig Django Unchained, just because Tarantino really knocks this one out of the park in terms of genre-mashing insanity. I admit it has some flaws especially in the third act, it's not perfect, but I don't mind. First things first, Jamie Foxx is a fantastic Django, and I do really enjoy watching him in this, he's impressive and really takes on the role. Especially by the end - he's a new cinematic hero, Django! Everyone else is great, Waltz plays a perfect character and DiCaprio as candy is superb, he really outdoes himself. But I think my favorite performance of the entire film is Samuel Jackson as head house slave Stephen, hovering over DiCaprio, always wobbling and shaking, with the grey hair. Best of all, his spot-on performance takes it to another level. So damn good.
Django has all the elements of a great Quentin Tarantino movie - long scenes of intricate but brilliantly-written dialogue, and Tarantino isn't afraid to take his time with a scene and trust the audience to get into it; an incredible soundtrack with an inspired choice of songs that I am constantly listening to nowadays (gotta love "Who Did That to You?"); excessive violence but only used to enhance the entertainment value. There's even a cameo by Tarantino, which is one of my least favorite parts, but the way he goes out makes up for it. I do think it loses some of its momentum after Waltz gets it, and goes on for a bit too long after that, but besides that, it's a hell of a wild ride only Tarantino could deliver. One of my favorite films of the year.
What did you think of Tarantino's Django Unchained? A new masterpiece or massive failure? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!