Django Unchained: Review

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If you love Quentin Tarantino movies then you will love this- it has violence, ridiculous blood and witty dialogue. I wouldn’t say it is my favourite of his but I did really enjoy it. The subject matter can make you uncomfortable at times but what can you expect- the treatment of slaves wasn’t exactly pretty. It is headed up by a stellar cast who put in tremendous performances.

Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave who is freed by bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Django must help Schultz indentify some wanted men in return for his freedom. However, along the way, the pair bond and Schultz keeps him on so they become partners in the bounty hunting business. That doesn’t go down too well- it’s 1818 and black people are slaves so everyone is offended by Django riding a horse and acting like a white person.

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Schultz learns of Django’swife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), and decides to help Django track her down. This leads him to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The pair try to buy Broomhilda under false pretences and when Calvin’s butler Stephen (Samuel L Jackson) finds out about their romance, all hell breaks loose.

You know going into the movie that there will be hefty dialogue and unrealistic bloody violence. You know there will be swearing and some controversial topics. In the reviews, many critics complained about the use of “n-word”- I admit that it was used far too much. I didn’t find it offensive though because it is depicting a certain era in which black people were called that. To balance it out, there wasn’t much general swearing unlike Quentin’s other movies.

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The violence is always going to be rather ridiculous because he does like the blood. I didn’t find the blood in shoot-outs gruesome because they just looked so silly- particularly towards the end. However, there are certain bits of violence to do with slavery like Broomhilda being branded with a hot iron on the face, being whipped or a slave being pulled apart by dogs that were horrible. Again, it is true to how black people were treated back then so it is a brutally honest depiction.

The acting was quality and it is made easier by the dialogue. The script is fantastic and it is no surprise that Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Globes. I can say the same for Waltz and his Best Supporting Actor award because he is marvellous. Jamie Foxx was great but I thought Waltz stole the show. DiCaprio is always amazing and he doesn’t fail in this. There were some odd casting choices such as Jonah Hill as “Bag Head #2”- he was in the movie for less than ten minutes and it just seemed so odd. Amber Tamblyn was in it for one shot! Quentin made an appearance himself but I thought his cameo didn’t work as he didn’t look right for the movie.

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You don’t need to like Westerns to like this. As long as you love Tarantino movies, you will enjoy this. I don’t think this is better than Kill Bill Vol 1 to be honest (that’s my favourite) but that’s also down to the running time. It just goes on and on and when you think it’s done, it keeps going on. It definitely could have been trimmed down.

Besides the running time, it was great- there was a good mix of action, violence, humour and witty dialogue. The actors were amazing and the script is fantastic. Kudos to Tarantino for taking on such a taboo subject- not many writers would touch a movie about slavery. It definitely deserves its Best Film Oscar nomination.

My Pics: Django Unchained UK Premiere

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The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s latest smash came to party at the UK premiere in Leicester Square tonight to celebrate its Oscar nominations (although Quentin was missed out of a director nod!)

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I braved the cold for hours so was disappointed when only Quentin and Christoph Waltz made an effort with the fans- they spend so much time on the red carpet and covered everybody.

The other cast members- Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson and Kerry Washington- done a really half-arsed job of signing and greeting fans- they only did a small section away from me so I’m afraid I don’t have many decent pictures.

The most disappointing thing was that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t come- I would have loved to meet him. However, the cast that came to us were lovely and it was obvious they got along with each other. They were laughing, hugging and hanging out together. The chemistry between them was fantastic. Jamie made me laugh by rapping along to the music and Quentin was joking around with the paparazzi.

Other celebrities included Hugo Taylor, Ashley Roberts and James Arthur.

 

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(I did say I couldn’t get up close!)

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Top Film Picks for January

NAOMI WATTS and TOM HOLLAND star in THE IMPOSSIBLE

The Impossible

I just know that I am going to cry. This film tells a personal account of a Spanish family (although portrayed as English here) and their struggle to get reunited following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Naomi Watts and one son must find Ewan McGregor and their other sons and like the title suggests, it is an impossible task. You know it will have a positive ending but the images of the tsunami will be heartbreaking. Released: 1st

 

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Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin star in this gangster movie as two LAPD detectives who are fighting to keep LA free from gangsters during the 1940s and 50s. They have a tough job on their hands when they try to take on Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his gang. I like these kind of movies but I’m most attracted to this because I can’t wait to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone co-star together again (after Crazy, Stupid, Love). The original release for this was set for last September but was pushed back after the Colorado cinema shooting. Released: 10th

 

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Les Misérables

I cannot wait to see this musical! The story follows Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a former prisoner who becomes mayor of a town in France. The police inspector, Javert (Russell Crowe) who released Valjean on parole eight years ago, decides he wants him imprisoned again. On a side note, Jean has agreed to take care of Cosette, the daughter of an impoverished factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway).  There is an amazing ensemble cast including Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Released: 11th

 

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Django Unchained

This is a Western from Quentin Tarantino- so I’m already sold. The cast is pretty sweet too. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a freed slave who treks across the country with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz to free his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a mean plantation owner. I know that the violence will be mega, the dialogue will be smart and the acting will be kick-ass. I can’t wait. Released: 18th

 

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Movie 43

It is hard to describe this movie because it is so random. It has SO many famous faces in it that I want to see it, but in terms of plot, I have no idea. Basically, it is a ton of interlinking comedy stories but I have a feeling it will be an eclectic mix of scenes that have been bumped together. While I’m dubious about how the movie will fit as a whole, I want to see this because there are SO MANY PEOPLE in it. So you can understand what I mean, I have posted the trailer below. Released: 25th

Video: Django Unchained trailer

Yes, the master that is Quentin Tarantino is back with his latest movie Django Unchained.

The movie is set in the Deep South where slave Django (Jamie Foxx) is freed by a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). He wants to kill plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and wants Django’s help. The slave doesn’t need much persuasion considering Candie has his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). So the pair go on a mission to get past Candie’s band of ruthless slaves, kill Candie and rescue the girl.

This film was inspired by 1960s Spaghetti Western’s and you can definitely see that. Knowing Tarantino, this will be dialogue heavy and violent (but not mega-violent like Pulp Fiction).

I’m exciting about this purely because I love Tarantino’s movies but also because I think Leonardo DiCaprio is an outstanding actor. Plus the rest are the cast are just amazing! Did I mention that Samuel L Jackson is also in it?! I reckon this will be a great movie. It is still in post-production/ reshooting stages and will be released in the States around Christmas. It will hit UK shores at the end of January 2013. So still a long way off!