Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Film Review - Django: Unchained

        This isn't normally my field, I know. However I went to see 'Django: Unchained' last night; almost two weeks after its UK release; and I just can't keep quiet.
        Of course, there are the facts that it already has a plethora of great reviews, and the fact that it's a Tarantino, which mean that you don't need me to tell you that it's really, really great. Check out the synopsis, rating, revenue and cast list here.


        'Django: Unchained' is set two years before the American Civil War, when slavery and the slave trade were at its peak. 
        The movie opens with a group of slaves being transported from one plantation to another by a pair of traders. The succession is stopped by a friendly 'dentist' - Dr. King Schultz (Christopher Waltz) which beautifully weaves in some humour in an otherwise bleak and depressing scene. It's worth mentioning that the scene up until this point, has some really, incredibly beautiful images - the men struggling to walk by the light of a lantern in the dead of night, framed by ice covered trees. These are elements which Tarantino is famous and celebrated for, after all.
        For the next two and a half hours, the audience come to love Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. King Schultz. They grow as individuals, and as a partnership. 
           People will always talk of the violence in films, saying that it shouldn't be portrayed in the ways that it is; but does that not add to the realism of Tarantino's films? Does that not make it more hard-hitting? And honestly, if you're that squeamish and scared/angered/offended by violence and swearing - a Tarantino film is probably not the way you should spend your Friday night. Of course, there is a lot of violence in this film, but it features the slave trade, and a bounty hunter, so how on Earth could anyone make a film without violence in it, which contains those elements? The roles are well cast and superbly acted, so you grow to really hate and love the characters, therefore, seeing the bad guys die in a uniquely, Tarantino-esque way is so satisfying. 
         There are twists, turns, clever one-liners, touching moments and elements of humour, when the subject matter is bleak, to say the least. Django as a character is charming, witty, talented, and in short: bad-ass. There are moments where you might feel the need to look away, you might be shocked, you may even feel sick. But it is truly an amazing thing to behold.
        All in all, this may just be one of Tarantino's best films yet (and I'm pretty fanatical about Tarantino's work) The casting is perfect, the acting is incredible. The dark themes are lifted with moments of beautiful humour. The camera angles add to the depth - creating such awesome images. 
         In short, I LOVED this film, and I think you should all watch it. Aside from Argentina, Turkey, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and India - the movie has been released pretty much everywhere - so you have no excuse! For more information about release dates in your respective country, you can look here.
        I can't wait to see this film again!
       I'll leave you now, to the peace of your day. If you haven't seen this film, go! It's £10 (ish) and 2-and-a-half hours (with adverts) well spent. If you have seen the film, comment below with your thoughts and opinions! Like I (think I) said in a previous post, I've changed the settings so now everybody can comment, not just other people with blogs.

                                      Thanks for reading! You rock!
                                                                     Love, Laura


  1. Nice review Laura. Django Unchained, is literally Tarantino Unleashed. It's Director, Quentin Tarantino's craziest, bloodiest, wildest and truly the best movie he has ever made.

    1. I agree, Dan! Of course it is extremely bloody, but I liked the way that he uses A LOT of fake blood, which makes it seem almost comical, (or at least a bit more tongue-in-cheek) rather than uncomfortable. Thank you so much for reading, and even more for commenting! Take care!