Django Unchained – ***1/2

Posted: January 26, 2013 in 2012, Action, Adventure, Drama, Dramedy, Historical, Horror, Romance, USA, XXX1/2

First trailer was shown 7 months ago or so. 7 months of anticipation. And then: finally: the release! And it’s AWESOME!

This is a VERY cool movie, like you can only expect Tarantino to make. It’s long and the last 20 minutes or so aren’t as good as the 140 preceding, but still: this is GREAT CINEMA.

Highly controversial, Django Unchained tells the story of a slave (Jamie Foxx) who is bought by a bounty killer (Christoph Waltz), makes a name and some fortune by shooting all kinds of bad guys and ultimately tries to get to his wife back, who is the property of a feared plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The controversial part isn’t so much in that short synopsis, but more in the excessive presentation of the story. You can only be warned. If you are offended by racial slurs and shocked by heads being blown to pieces, then this movie is not for you. If you want to see historically accurate movies without action and humor, check out Lincoln. And if you think it’s inappropriate to add humor to a serious matter as slavery, then you may just want to skip this one as well.

However, if you want to be entertained for almost three hours by an amazing cast, an awesome soundtrack, dozens of cinematic surprises and much more, then go see this. On the big screen!

Christoph Waltz is amazing. Jamie Foxx is impressive, Leonardo DiCaprio is phenomenal. Samuel L Jackson is outstanding. Don Johnson (!) is hilarious. The dialogues are exquisite. The jokes are daring and funny. Even the violence is funny because it so excessive. The homages and references to other movies are plenty. But most of all: everyone is talking about it and it does make people think about the atrocities that were done during slavery times. So in Tarantino’s defense: Django Unchained will have a much longer lasting impact on people’s opinion about the slavery period than any school book or documentary will.

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