Django Unchained (2012)Saturday, 2. March 2013
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell, Don Johnson, Jonah Hill, Franco Nero, Quentin Tarantino
Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a bounty hunter who’s looking for a trio of brothers that he can’t identify. But he knows that the recently sold slave Django (Jamie Foxx) can. So he goes after Django and frees him in return for his help with the bounty hunting. Django agrees and the two of them start working very well together. But Django really wants to get his wife (Kerry Washington) back who has been sold separately. So he and Schultz hatch a plan how to get her out of the clutches of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Django Unchained was pretty damn great. It wasn’t perfect, but it was fun, had a great cast, beautiful cinematography and, as usual for Tarantino movies, an amazing soundtrack.
I think that the most outstanding thing about this film was how much fun the actors seemed to have with their characters. I mean, with those kind of characters, who wouldn’t? But it still made for an incredible atmosphere and really great performances. Christoph Waltz gets nominated for everything anyway and Leonardo DiCaprio not getting nominated is already its own meme. But let me also take a moment to say that Jamie Foxx was the epitome of cool (while still maintaining a sense of humor) and Samuel L. Jackson was brilliantly insane in his role. We should be talking more about them.
A cast having so much fun with the ir characters would already be enough on its own to make me enjoy the film. But it also looks really great and, as I said, the soundtrack is amazing. First of all, there’s this song with which I fell in love immediately. But there are also several delicious moments where the soundtrack fits and doesn’t fit at all at the same time. Like the badass Hip Hop song that is playing while we see a caravan of horses and wagons moving along.
But the movie does have its faults, too. Tarantino might have overdone it with the whole nigger-thing. That word is thrown around like nobody’s business and at least in the audience I was in, that was taken as an excuse to laugh heartily at all kinds of offensive jokes. Jokes that were probably told that way during that time, but should not be seen as funny today.
And I just wanted Hildy to have a little more agency. It gets better towards the end, but basically she just gets pushed around until Django frees her and then she just takes on his agency. And she doesn’t even have enough self-control as to not risk Django’s plan. But at least she doesn’t get raped. (In fact, I have to applaud Tarantino that he managed to make an entire film about slavery and violence and not include a single rape scene. Not because that didn’t happen but because there are so many forms of violence and rape nowadays gets overdone anyway and often in a titillating fashion.)
But other than that, the movie was a whole damn lot of fun and I did enjoy it.
Summarising: fun, fun, fun.