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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner 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 promising to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. Also starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 247
- Fresh: 217
- Rotten: 30
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale.
Fresh: A bloody masterpiece. Funny, Thrilling, cleverly structured.
Fresh: Tarantino is, in essence, a classicist who invests the bulk of his drama and tension in lengthy dialogue exchanges that are infinitely more compelling that his elongated sequences of cathartic violence.
Fresh: Impolitic though it might be to suggest it, there's something extremely satisfying about the violence here-though, for my money, it resides less in seeing these racist thugs get their comeuppance, than in the director's staging of it.
BOLD, BLOODY, AND BRUTALLY ENTERTAINING!
If there's one thing that Quentin Tarantino isn't, it's that he's never one to play it safe. If he's gonna make a grand-scale spaghetti western action film that imaginatively takes unrestricted aim at one of the darkest periods in American history, then you know it's going down. "Django Unchained", the director's much-anticipated release since 2009's "Inglourious Basterds", is as immensely violent, ridiculously twisted, and unapologetically profane as modern cinema can possibly get. It's a big, crazy cavalcade of guts and gore, heart and humor, racism and revenge, and everything in between. Stylistically speaking, this is probably Tarantino's most ambitious feature to date, and I'd be lying if I said "Django" didn't have me glued to the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It's a blast!
Set in 1858 during the antebellum era of the South, the film follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him right in the presence of German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail for the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. But the freed slave has his mind set on only one goal: finding and rescuing his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them face-to-face with the despicable yet eerily charismatic plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has Broomhilda in his clutches. Will our heroes make it out alive or will it all end in disaster?
One thing Tarantino does exceptionally well in pretty much all his movies is assemble a diverse, instantly memorable cast and give them roles that they'd never get to play in any other film. Casting Christoph Waltz as the good guy and Leonardo DiCaprio as the main villain? It's a risky move, for sure, but the actors make it work so effortlessly. Waltz delivers a surprisingly toned-down performance as Schultz, Django's bounty hunter sidekick. Sure, his character is pretty similar to that of Col. Hans Landa in "Inglourious", but you gotta admit, that smooth-talking persona still works greatly to his advantage. Meanwhile, DiCaprio easily steals the spotlight as Calvin Candie, the gleefully vicious slave owner whose quaint Southern drawl is only outmatched by his explosive outbursts of delight and sheer rage. His commitment to character is nothing short of phenomenal, which makes it all the more upsetting that his performance wasn't recognized by the Academy. Another incredible supporting actor in the movie who deserves just as much recognition is, of course, Samuel L. Jackson as Candie's shrewd house slave Stephen. Aside from delivering some of the best lines in the film with a hilarious deadpan expression, he also physically inhabits his character in the most impressively authentic way. Kerry Washington, while not nearly as memorable as her co-stars, still makes for a great addition to the cast as Broomhilda; her character even speaks in German. But what would this movie be without its star, Django? Nothing, that's what. Foxx does a fantastic job playing the protagonist, especially considering his lack of dialogue throughout the film. Every time he appears on screen, it's always a treat. The stylish cinematography and spaghetti western soundtrack compliment the performances almost perfectly. And as for that signature Tarantino violence, you can bet you'll be seeing a vicious amount of brutal bloodshed, especially toward the finale. I won't give away any spoilers, but let's just say that the showdowns in this movie are not to be missed.
Boasting a committed cast of first-rate actors, a consistently engaging screenplay full of in-your-face carnage and dramatic tension, and a shocking amount of N-bombs, "Django Unchained" is one of the most daring, extravagant, and impeccably crafted revenge flicks of this or any other decade. Sure, it has its slight flaws at times (like Tarantino's unnecessary cameo appearance), but the movie - with its unpredictable twists, no-holds-barred depiction of slave life, and brash humor - is much too entertaining to dismiss. I had a great time with this film, and I even ended up seeing it twice in the same week. It's that good. Not everyone will enjoy this overblown Oscar contender, but if you're a big fan of Tarantino's work ("Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" movies, among others) or if you simply wanna watch a gratifyingly gory vengeance-fantasy, "Django Unchained" is a must-see.
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ANOTHER BLOODY MASTERPIECE FROM TARANTINO!
Words cant really describe how incredible this movie was. I mean I always like anything Quentin Tarantino makes, but Django Unchained is by far my favorite along with Pulp Fiction! Now sure I'll admit it is a black exploitation film that is slighlty messy, but it's style & charm make up for any flaws. Django Unchained has everything a great movie should have such as great storytelling, powerful acting preformances, great music, beautiful cinematography, and a hilarious sick sense of humor. I've already seen it 3 times in theaters & i'm buying it as soon as it's realesed!!!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2012
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