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Django Unchained (2012)

10/10

A German bounty hunter is going after three wanted men but in order to find them he needs the help of a slave. The two become partners and in time Django Freeman is looking for revenge and justice. 

A story about a freed slave that is looking for justice and revenge is always a good premise. However, “Django Unchained” manages to turn Django Freeman into a three dimensional character that is not only about revenge and justice but also about love and friendship. Moreover, I absolutely loved how Quentin Tarantino turned Django into a hero without using clichés. For example, the way Django is freed is not out of pity, but out of self-interest, and this creates a different dynamic between the two main protagonists. Normally film-makers portray the slave as a helpless victim, but Tarantino gives Django a possible way out with a chance to prove and develop himself. It is not that Django’s character development goes from ‘zero to hero’ because he is already established as a strong character during his first sequence. The other element that I really enjoyed is this specific sweet kind of selfishness that was continuously present in the character of Dr. Schultz. One example of this is that he helps Django because of the possible financial reward as a bounty hunter. However, he also enjoys killing criminals. And now that I’ve come to think of it, It would be really interesting to see how the character of Dr. Schultz became a bounty hunter. And this is exactly the sign that the character development was done correctly because when it is done right then you want to know, or see more from that specific character. 

The aspect ratio 2.39 : 1 with the beautiful and intense wide shots are just mesmerizing and emotionally satisfying. It is difficult to explain how visually perfect the different landscapes were used, but trust me when I say that it is really good. Moreover, the different settings really help prevent any sort of monotonous feeling from creeping in, and this is helpful for any movie that takes longer than 2h 30min. As a movie director, and scriptwriter you are constantly fighting for the audience’s attention because it’s so easy to start looking at your phone and be distracted by all kinds of different stuff. However, when you are confronted with different visual landscapes then your brain is being triggered by something new. And this allows the audience to remain intrigued by the different impressive wide shots. 

The plot-structure is also well designed because we get to see multiple situations in which Django goes through a “fall” and “rise” before reaching the climax which is then followed by a sense of normalcy. Therefore, “Django Unchained” has this ‘hero’s journey plot structure’ to it, and it makes perfect sense. Moreover, the character of  Dr. Schultz also functions as a mentor for Django so that he can acquire certain valuable skills that he needs for his quest. 

The acting is one of the best that I have ever seen, but that can’t be a surprise with actors like Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. I think we as the audience should also be grateful for the casting director, or Quentin Tarantino himself, to have cast this combination of actors. It is obvious that all of the actors have this big screen chemistry with one another because all of the scenes flow really well. And what is even more important is that it all seems fully natural and organic. Moreover, the script also helps to establish this well paced flow of dialogue, and it contains all the different human emotions. Therefore, I consider “Django Unchained” to be a complete, original, Artistic, and action packed movie which will definitely blow your mind.  

Directed by 

Quentin Tarantino

Writing Credits  

Quentin Tarantino(written by)

Cast 

Jamie FoxxDjango
Christoph WaltzDr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprioCalvin Candie
Kerry WashingtonBroomhilda von Shaft
Samuel L. JacksonStephen
Walton GogginsBilly Crash
Dennis ChristopherLeonide Moguy
James RemarButch Pooch / Ace Speck
David SteenMr. Stonesipher
Dana GourrierCora
Nichole GaliciaSheba
Laura CayouetteLara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly

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