Django Unchained

Django UnchainedSo this Friday the time finally came to watch Quentin Tarantino’s new film, his follow-up to 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. As always the films production was the subject of loads of media scrutiny, everyone vying to know what Tarantino’s dreaming up next. Django sees another change in genre for the auteur switching from the World War II setting to that of the great plains of the Wild West. The plot follows Jamie Foxx’s Django, a slave who is recruited by travelling bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who takes him on as an apprentice of sorts. Django then tell Schultz of his past and the heart wrenching story of how he got split from his wife, the pair then make it their mission to retrieve his wife from the hands of oppression but standing in their way is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie.

With all Tarantino’s films the dialogue is always so impressive its quite scary and Django is no exception. Much like Inglorious’ twenty minute bar scene Unchained features a tension building masterpiece as Schultz and Django negotiate with Candie over dinner. There is never a second where the talking feels talkie. It is all just massively entertaining. The acting by all involved just compliments Tarantino’s script almost perfectly. Jamie Foxx, although faltering slightly at times, provides us with an utterly lovable hero who it is impossible not to route for. On the other side of the spectrum DiCaprio sizzles as the films prickly antagonist, here Leo is different from anything I’ve seen him do before adding a deliciously evil camp quality to his villain and further proving himself to be one of the greatest actors of our time. But as with Inglosrious Basterds its Waltz who completely steals the show as Schultz, the camera is drawn to him and as a viewer you would be happy if it never left, every single line he says is as close to perfect as acting can get ensuring that a no point during the films lengthy running time do you even consider turning away from the screen.

The masterfully crafted shooting scenes are so ridiculous but handled so masterfully that the make for the most entertaining action sequences of recent times leagues above what you get in the straight-up actioners such as The Expendables. Tanrantino manages, again to create a film so entertaining that I can’t see anything ever beating it. This is his best work since Pulp Fiction.

 

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