Welcome to Tarantino’s history lesson number 2. In our last outing, Inglourious Basterds, we learnt that Hitler didn’t commit suicide but was assassinated by French revolutionaries.
Now we get to know that in the antebellum era, a time when black slavery was at its heights, a black slave called Django, gets to ride a horse, eat white cake and shoot white people.
Tarantino makes you fall in love with cinema once again. He truly shows what this art form is capable of. Django Unchained tells the story of a freed slave who treks across the United States with a bounty hunter on a mission to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner.
Jamie Foxx plays Django; a role which has to be played with just the right amount of hesitation and steadily growing confidence as Django’s mentality slowly evolves from that of a slave to a man who bows to no one.
Dr. King Schultz, the bounty hunter who frees Django, played by the amazing Christoph Waltz is the star of the film. Having played an impossible role earlier in Basterds, Waltz returns to sizzle the screen with an impeccable performance as the bounty hunter who trains Django to live his life as a free man.
Leonardo DiCaprio appears as Calvin Candie, the plantation owner with a hell lot of charisma but with a deviant streak of cruelty. Having been warned by his house slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) of Django and Schultz’s plans, Candie is killed by Schultz before all hell breaks loose. Django is finally confronted with an epic western shootout, which he finally wins and takes his wife safely away.
The word “nigger” is sprayed around as if it was running out and Tarantino often crosses the line with bloody slave fights and gruesome revenges. But hey, it wouldn’t be a Tarantino film otherwise. Go watch it. It will be one of the best films you see in your lifetime…
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