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Movie Review: ‘Django Unchained’

'Django Unchained' Rated: R Time: 145 min. My Rating: 3.5/4 stars

Movie Review: ‘Django Unchained’

If you were to walk into a Quentin Tarantino film expecting wholesome family entertainment, let’s just say you should probably leave sooner rather than later. Tarantino applies a certain style to his movies that gives it incredible entertainment value while at the same time, providing audiences with unique and interesting stories.

“Django Unchained” contains no shortage of action, suspense, and classic Tarantino style.

Set in America’s deep south in 1859, “Django Unchained” follows the life of Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave turned bounty hunter by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Together, the pair must find and kill the Brittle Brothers and save Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from the merciless plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Since 1992, with the premiere of “Reservoir Dogs,” Quentin Tarantino forever changed the face of action films. The music, action, and suspense used in each of his films are unique and somewhat odd. It is through these aspects of his films that audiences find the most pleasure.

As I have said numerous times before, mind-bending violence and gore in films has been increasing in recent years. Call me a hypocrite, but, for the most part, the violence in “Django Unchained” is comical due to Tarantino’s style. His over-the-top writing, acting, and drama create scenes that find the hilarity in the violence that would otherwise be horrifying were the movie produced under different circumstances.

Though the violence in “Django Unchained” can be amusing in certain scenes, Tarantino does include a few scenes that contain grisly, disturbing violence. These scenes, however, are used to complement the drama and suspense.

Another facet of “Django Unchained” that impresses is the story. Each film directed by Tarantino contains an interesting story and equally interesting characters.

For instance, DiCaprio’s character, Calvin Candie, holds an unsaid backstory that audiences can only speculate on. This speculation, however, adds to how the audience feels about the character.

“Django Unchained” is another great film directed by Quentin Tarantino. I look forward to seeing the next one.
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