Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson
There is plenty to like about Django Unchained. The combination of style and setting - very few films have put together action-western elements and slavery-era politics - is refreshingly original.
Christoph Waltz turns in a performance deserving of his second Academy Award, and is ably backed up on screen by Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio and a deliciously evil Samuel L Jackson. The soundtrack is awesome, too.
Yet your enjoyment of Django Unchained will depend entirely on how you feel about Quentin Tarantino.
Like the rest of his body of work, Django is a film bereft of subtlety. The violence is bloody and unflinching, and often disturbing.
The language is explicit and the most adult language is frequent. White characters' poor treatment of their black slaves is excessive and confronting.
And I haven't even mentioned a number of frequent Tarantino tropes: lengthy scenes that appear to have little to do with the story at hand, eloquent characters who seem out of place in their chosen profession, visual elements such as title cards introducing characters or scenes ... like Inglourious Basterds before it, this is unmistakably Tarantino.
I loved Django Unchained. I love Tarantino. I think the man is a genius, a truly unique talent, a writer with an unquestionable talent for crafting stories and characters and controversial material into massively entertaining films.
But be warned: depending on how you feel about Tarantino, your enjoyment may vary.
Video Quality: 1080p High Definition Widescreen 2.40:1.
Audio Quality: English, German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.
Special Features: Reimagining The Spaghetti Western featurette; The Costume Designs of Sharon Davis featurette; Soundtrack Spot; Remembering J Michael Riva featurette.
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