Why I wasn’t a fan of Django Unchained

By on February 27, 2013

By: Elodie Mertz

Django Unchained is a drawn-out Tarantino movie that in my opinion isn’t worth all the praise it has lifted.

For those of you who don’t know what this movie is about, here is a short synopsis. In the South of U.S., before the Civil War, a bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), buys a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), and asks him his help to track down some criminals in exchange of his freedom. Their proximity ends up in a partnership: Django joins Schultz in the bounty business; then, Schultz helps him to find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from whom he got separated during the slave trade. It brings them into the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo di Caprio) where they arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), the right-hand slave from Candie.

To speak truly, the movie isn’t entirely bad. Some passages are worthy –  like the Ku- Klux-Klan scene where they make a fuss about their brand-new (and not yet pointed) white hood. Waltz appears to be germanic and meticulous when he plays the bad guy (unforgettable Colonel Landa) as when he joins the goodies, like here. Di Caprio is one hell of a Mr. Candie (this character will freak you out, especially when flanked with his psychopath lackey – admirable Samuel L. Jackson). Though fair and respectable, Jamies Foxx’s performance is nothing short of spectacular.

As expected the picture is good, the music is a blast, and the humour is offbeat. Unsurprisingly those things are good. You do however get bored by the repetition and the mayhem. Too much(fake-looking) haemoglobin and violence; too many shootings; too much funny face of Kerry Washington. All of this fitting in a story that strangely isn’t enough to fill you in.

Being that this is Tarantino’s eighth feature film, all-in-all I wouldn’t recommend seeing it in the theatre but rather wait to see it home, just to pass the time.

Details: Released: 19 Jan 2013, 136 mins, Action / Comedy / Drama, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

One Comment

  1. justin

    March 1, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I loved this movie and recommend seeing it at the cinema – probably the best film I’ve seen in that last 12 months. Funny, powerful, unexpected – it had it all for me.

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