Thursday, January 17, 2013

Django Unchained (2012)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Chritoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, David Steen, Don Johnson, James Russo, Tom Wopat, Don Stroud, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, Bruce Dern, M.C. Gainey, Jonah Hill, Lee Horsley, Zoe Bell, Robert Carradine, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, Quentin Tarantino

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Life, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance.

Plot: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Naturally.

I may expound on this flick more in the future (once I see it at least one more time before it leaves the theater) but for now, with time getting shorter as I start my first day at Sundance, I'll hit the major points.  To be fair I've only seen it once and while it wasn't the home run I was hoping for, I think this will only improve with each viewing.  In short, I still loved it.  I would have liked more Western than Southern (hell, just deliver another Western sometime and I'll be happy) but I loved how he was able to work in both.  The cast is fantastic.  I was skeptical at first with Foxx joining the cast but I had faith in QT to get a great performance out of everyone and Foxx was no exception.  He was great.  Waltz was fun, hell, everyone was fun.  Don Johnson and the Klan?  Ahahahahahahaha.  That was a gag that was so funny it felt like a deleted scene from  BLAZING SADDLES (1974) - it was THAT good.  DiCaprio was lots of fun and it was a hoot to see the original Django, Franco Nero in an extended cameo.  Samuel L. Jackson had some great laughs and his last line was a scream, "Oh, please sweet Jesus, let me kill this nigger."  Priceless.

DJANGO is all over the map from riotously funny to severely brutal.  The violence is harsh and necessarily so.  I'm really looking forward to seeing this again.  The bit parts that a lot of my favorite actors play (well hidden behind makeup, beards, disguises) will be a chore to point out but a welcome one.  Two things that Tarantino always delivers and that's something different and highly entertaining.

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