Film review: Django Unchained (2012), directed by Quentin Tarantino

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Last Thursday, Begoña and I went to see Django Unchained (2012). The film was premiered in Spanish theatres on Friday 18th January 2013. I just loved it. It’s written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Synopsis: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, tells the story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. (Official website).

I have to admit that I arrived late to appreciate Tarantino’s films, and although I’ve seen most of them, Inglourious Basterds (2009) was the first one I saw on the big screen. As a late convert, I’m now among his most unconditional fans. In Django Unchained, Tarantino pays tribute to the genre of genres, the western. The script is brilliant, the story is fascinating and it has some very funny scenes. Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson have a memorable performance. In a quite positive sense, all his films are excessive and this one is not an exception. They don’t leave anyone indifferent. One can argue that this is only entertainment. In my view that’s what a film is all about, pure entertainment. And Django Unchained is an extremely entertaining and gratifying film.

My rating: 9/10. 

Django Unchained at Wikipedia