DJANGO UNCHAINED – Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on December 26, 2012 | No Comments
DJANGO UNCHAINED – The Director of the Masses
Director and Writer: Quentin Tarantino, Principal
Cast: Jamie Fox, Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Walz.
Running time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Slavery, is that part of American history, which most Americans would like to forget. Django Unchained brings that right in your face, along with words, phrases and times, which if not presented correctly, can offend a whole generation. But then Quentin Tarantino has always loved playing with fire and almost always taken the fire as a backdrop and pure entertainment, as the forefront. Tarantino and his films have always kept the paying audience in the front, with Oscar’s being more of an afterthought. He has also never shied away from using words and depicting scenes, that others would have either cringed or not been able to pull off.
At the middle of all this Django does one very critical thing, it entertains and keeps its paying audience on their seats, all this while letting history unfold. That is a Tarantino hallmark, of taking the most serious issues and giving it that everyday Jane or Joe “face.”
Django takes history, mixes that with a Western, takes his favorites Samuel Jackson and mixes that with Leo and in the midst of all the gore and the violence, gives us, a highly watchable and a thought provoking film.
If the story of the film speak to the audience, the acting, by even the smallest of characters, elevates this film even higher. Leo in the role of the bad guy along with Jackson, are the highlights of the film. If Christoph was Oscar material in Inglorious, then he continues with the same quality in Django. The music blends in perfectly with the emotions and the dialogues are pure Tarantino, that is magic in their simplicity.
The length of the film does not appear as 2 hours 50, since it unfolds beautifully and just as he had done in Inglorious Basterds, the bad guys, as a result of their wonderful characterizations, appear, nothing more than average people doing their jobs, which only adds to the intrigue of the viewer.
As films and filmmakers go, we have two spectrums, the classy and the massy and then we have an intersection of those two sets….Quentin Tarantino and his films and Django Unchained is definitely in that intersection. Quite surely an entertaining and thought provoking watch.