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Genre : Western/Action
Country : USA
Jamie Foxx : Django
Christoph Waltz : Dr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprio : Calvin Candie
Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django,
and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter.
Instead, he is led to the site of Django's wife who is under the hands
of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.
"How do you like the bounty hunting business?
Kill white people and get paid for it? What's not to like?"
Is there actually a genre Tarantino can't take to a higher level? As a true Tarantino fan I knew, even though I'm not a western fan, this film would be enjoyable again. Indeed, it's a superb movie. Non of the 160 minutes were boring or monotonous. Every single aspect was spot on. The music, the actors (main and supporting roles), the interpretation, the action, the dialogues, the excessive bloodshed, humor ......
The beginning already throws you back into the past and equals the famous spaghetti westerns from the past. A bit of Morricone and a small cameo for Clint Eastwood would make it complete. Foxx as Django is sublime. A slave without a future who turns into a sadistic cold-blooded bounty hunter who has no problem to put a white person in place. Waltz is sublime as the German dentist Dr. King Schultz. An eloquent gentleman who lives from payements he get for turning in outlaws, alive or (mostly) dead. And then there's Di Caprio ... In my opinion this is the most successful performance in this movie and one of his best performances up to now.
Something that's certainly necessary in a Tarantino movie is humor. And there was enough humor in "Django Unchained". The KKK scene was so hilarious, I had to watch it a few times. The moment Django could choose what clothes to wear and you see him riding in a bright blue almost medieval suit with white fringes, I got tears in my eyes from laughing.
And secondly, of course there must be hard violence, a lot of blood shedding and cursing in a Tarantino flick. And there was enough of this also. When somebody got shot, it was accompanied by gushing blood and flesh flying around. The final part is an accumulation of these attributes.
This Tarantino movie is a worthy successor to "Reservoir Dogs", "Pulp Fiction" and "From Dusk till Dawn". Hopefully there'll be someday a real Tarantino SF.
My rating 9/10
Links : IMDB
Labels: 9/10, Action, Western