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Django Unchained

The 2012 film by Quentin Tarantino

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Christophe Waltz does it Again!

  • Jan 2, 2013
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+4
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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January 03, 2013
agreed. Waltz not only stole the show but he ran away with the whole darn thing.
 
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review by . December 27, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A Mash of German Legend, Spaghetti Westerns, Modern Music, Samurai Flicks and Historical References.
When I saw Quentin Tarantino’s cameo appearance in Takashi Miike’s “Sukiyaki Western Django” (please see the original uncut of Miike’s movie before you judge it), I had a small hunch that the acclaimed director was about to go into something with the ‘western’ flavor (or so he states ‘southern’), and guess what, I wasn‘t far from wrong. Tarantino’s movies often become something to be anticipated, probably because of the fact …
review by . January 03, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
I am not a Tarentino "fan", having only seen his last two movies, and both are five star classics.  Before I saw these movies, my take on Tarentino based on skimming critical reviews was that Tarentino films glorified violence and were cartoonish B-grade movies.      Neither description applies to Inglorious Basterds and Django.  What we're talking about here isn't history, its morality.  In Basterds, Tarentino ripped any semblance of respect …
review by . January 05, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Django broke free of those chains, if only Tarantino could get back on his though.
For almost 10 years now, Tarantino has regaled us with his takes on his favorite genre of movies, the grindhouse karate and massacre exploitation variety.  This was fun for a while and while Tarantino is a skilled director and writer, this is really starting to get old hat since we have seen this before.  I'm about to take a line from Roger Ebert as tacky as that may be: "Now that we know what kind of movie Tarantino can make, it's time for him to make a better one."   …
review by . December 23, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Review: 'Quentin Tarantino creates an over the top funny, graphically violent, masterpiece (video)
'Django Unchained' Movie Review   By Joan Alperin Schwartz      Quentin Tarantino has done it again with this spaghetti style western.  'Django Unchained' is set in the South, two years before the Civil War.                                            &nb …
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2012
German bounty hunter frees a black slave to show him the trade of being a manhunter and to help him find his missing wife. More fulfilling then Inglorius Basterds but takes it's time just the same.
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