Though not a fan of violent films (at all), for some reason I do find the Quentin Tarantino films generally worth watching. So when a friend suggested Django Unchained as our Sunday evening movie, I was keen. And the film did not disappoint. Great storyline, great actors and uhm lots of gratuitous violence. Tarantino claims the violence is so over the top, that it is funny or maybe not so bad any more. I just think it isn’t necessary and the film would be great without it too (if not better for me!). But I guess many go to see the film FOR its violence (which I find quite disturbing).
- 18 (not many of those around!)
- Director – Quentin Tarantino
- Stars – Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Set in 1858 – 2 years before the Civil War – this is the story of the German Dr Schultz, a bounty hunter, and Django, a slave. Dr Schultz enlist the help of Django to track down Dr Schultz’s next bounty target. Dr Schultz not used to slavery gives Django back his freedom. They decide to work together through the winter and then to go and find Django’s wife Broomhilda and buy her freedom. Enter Leonardo DiCaprio part of the “Candy Land” empire and owner of Broomhilda. Dr Schultz and Django devise a plan to buy back Broomhilda without wanting to draw too much attention to this. The question is whether or not they will be successful or not.
The film is a mix between the classic old “spaghetti Westerns” and a look at slavery in the US. Tarantino did an excellent job depicting the plight and lives of slaves. That alone makes the film worth watching. Combining it with the bounty hunting Dr Schultz, is able to add humour and of course his love for gratuitous violence. Really, I think the violence is not necessary at all. But there you go, I am your typical female movie go-er and yes, I shut my eyes at all the really gory bits, I really don’t need to see that, and I have nothing to prove by looking at it.
Having said that I would most definitely recommend the film (unless you really can’t stand seeing blood spraying everywhere). There is quite a bit of cheese at the end of the film (possibly making fun of the spaghetti Westerns), but the end is still suitable and good.
Tarantino also makes an appearance himself, which I thought was a little egocentric and trying a bit too hard to be like Alfred Hitchcock But maybe Tarantino IS our modern day Hitchcock Who knows..
See the Django Unchained Trailer:
Oh and whilst we are at it… watch this interview with Tarantino, where I think he isn’t a very nice guy at all… ha.
My overall movie rating for Django Unchained:
Would my husband like this film? Absolutely
Did my friend like it? Yes she did – but also wasn’t keen on the violent bits.
Likeability of characters – 9 /10 (I thought Dr Schultz and Django were fantastic)
General story line – 9/10 (a well though out story line, depicting the plight of slaves)
The Ending – 9/10 (not really any other way a Tarantino film could end)
Overall? I am really glad I went to see this film and did not wait to see it “on DVD”. Definitely a huge contrast to the last film I saw!