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

6 thoughts on “Film review: Django Unchained (2012), directed by Quentin Tarantino”

  1. José Ignacio – I know what you mean about Tarantino’s ability to make viewers care. As you say, one doesn’t feel neutral about his films. I have to admit that I find the amount of brutal violence in his films difficult to take but that’s just my personal prejudice.

    1. Thnaks for your comment Margot. Can only say that I find his “brutal violence” so exaggerated that is far from real, and close to a comic strip.

  2. I am the opposite of you Jose Ignacio – I loved the early Tarantino films – Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction…Jackie Brown. but after that he lost me – since then they’ve all seemed too long and rambly and way too bloody for my tastes. But I haven’t seen this latest one. Glad you enjoyed it though.

    1. Thanks for your comment Bernadette. I have not make myself clear. By having arrived late to QT films, I meant I missed his first movies in the big screen. I started to get interested after seeing Inglourious Basterds. I’va also enjoyed Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Have not seen Jackie Brown though and Kill Bill 1 and 2 are probably his weakest films.

  3. I don’t choose to watch a film based on the person behind it, so I can’t say I’ve seen all Tarantino’s films, though I have seen some.

    However. I like the premise of this one and would probably enjoy it, though I will wait until it makes it to my Sky box in the next year or so. A positive review, so I’ll definitely look out for it.

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