Film Review: Django Unchained
The Wrap Up recently headed down to see the latest blockbuster that has everyone talking - Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. This is Tarantino’s first go at a spaghetti western and it looks like he has nailed it. Starring Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django is a freed slave (Foxx) who teams up with a bounty hunter (Waltz) to try and free his wife. It’s not a particularly over complicated storyline, however, it keeps you gripped for the 165 minute running time with a broad mix of grit, comedy, action and passion…
With most Tarantino films, awards seem to follow; Christoph Waltz has just won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, while Tarantino picked up his Golden Globe for best screenplay.
Visually, this film sticks to the same principles that other ‘Tarantions’ deem as classics - slick costumes and fantastic set detail - so much so that it received four nominations at the NAACP Image Awards. As far as keeping up with the gore of his other films… well, was there ever any doubt about this? The squeamish will have to look away at times - probably quite often.
The soundtrack is sharp, with some great use of spaghetti western sounds as well as original tracks by Mr. Jamie Foxx. Some of the script has been criticised by Spike Lee, who has a standing feud with Tarantino over the use of the word N****r, saying it’s “disrespectful to his ancestors” - others say it’s an accurate portrayal of the times.
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Words: Adam Smith & Marcus Bronzy