Django Unchained

Well, it’s that typical Quentin Tarantino product that stands out for its style and dialogs. Beginning with that retro titling sequence, Django Unchained is a bloody good mix of gunshots, QT style awkward humor, bloodshed encounters that speaks a lot and those long dialogs which just don’t let us take our eyes of from the screen. Set on the pre civil war back drop Django is a three hour long engaging entertainer that has its unique moments to crack you.

Well the story is about Django, a Negro slave who is bought by a German doctor/ bounty hunter Schultz to accomplish his mission of finding the Brittle brothers. After the mission Django his offered freedom and his new partner Schultz offers him help to free his wife Broomhilda from the hands of a racist plantation owner Calvin J. Candie. The troubles they had to face because of this deal and that ultimate revenge of Django from all these insults is what Django Unchained all about.

The story is simply a portion of Django’s life, but even in the humorous presentation Tarantino creatively embeds that racial discrimination and the attitude of both Negroes and the whites in a smart way. The scene were one of the plantation owner asks his negro servant to take care of Django and the way he explains it to her is indeed a charming one as it depicts the social scenario. Tarantino’s style of adding practical humor in big actions is also there; the scene were the henchmen of the plantation owner complains  for having small holes in their masks is one such memorable scene.

On screen, Jamie Foxx pleases us as the seriously curious Django. Leonardo DiCaprio is really impressive as the largely bright Calvin. The two actors who surprised me with their performances were Christoph Waltz as Schultz and Samuel L Jackson as Stephen. Waltz superbly handles the cool doctor avatar of his. Jackson in his new getup shines especially in those combination scenes with DiCaprio.

In the making, its Tarantino’s signature stuff and interestingly the F word is quite less. The movie moves in an engaging pace in the first half but slightly decelerates towards the second half and Tarantino tries his best to save the film from the “curse of second half” with help of those interesting long conversations. The brutal gunfights may make us feel a bit exhausted. But there also QT adds his humor to its best.

On the whole, Django Unchained is that Tarantino film that’s there to engage and exhilarate your senses. I am giving 3.5/5 and thumbs up for this one. D is silent and QT is still violent.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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