A German Bounty Hunter/Dentist played by Christopher Waltz (who we last saw in Inglorious Basterds) tries to buy Django (Jamie Foxx) from a slaver. The reason? Django can identify three brothers who Waltz is hunting for a bounty. Waltz lets Django know that if he goes with him and points out his bounty, he will free Django and pay him for his trouble.
Django agrees to Waltz's offer and Waltz can only get him from the slavers in dramatic fashion (reminicent of Gene Wilder in Blazing Saddles). After that Django becomes Waltz's right hand man in the trade and also turns into a quick draw sharpshooter himself. Waltz seems to take a real liking to Django and agrees to help Django find his wife who was sold off to a separate plantation owner.
The movie is loaded with a lot of nods to other famous westerns and at least two more nods to Blazing Saddles (think Cleavon Little when he first rides into town and remember the hooded bad guys later in the film). The film does go over the top with some of the action scenes (think the battle in the club at the end of Kill Bill). And even Samuel Jackson with bad makeup and one of his poorer acting performances fails to distract from the fun of the movie.
What really makes this film a winner is Waltz. He is a similar character to his role in Inglorious Basterds (remember one of the most likable bad guys ever) only this time he is a good guy. Foxx is ok but his performance pales in comparison to the one he gave in Collateral. The film runs over 2 hours but it never seems to get borring. Of all the Quentin Tarrantino films I have seen this one is about equal to the first Kill Bill film, but a far cry from either Pulp Fiction or Inglorious Basterds. I give it just under four stars.
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