Film Review: Django Unchained (Columbia, 2012)


Set two years before the Civil War in America, Tarantino, with Django Unchained, goes down the same path as he did with his previous film Inglourious Basterds.  He is re-moulding history through film. He produces his own take on the past and as you sit watching the film, infused with obligatory shootings and that typical sharp-witted humour, you are aware of how true Tarantino has remained to his own cinematic style. His personality and love of film really comes through during Django Unchained and you can tell how much fun he must have had in the making of it.

The film follows in the path of Django and Dr Schultz, who travel America, following and killing the bad guys to make a living. Django is a freed black slave with a painful past, the scars on his back serving as visible evidence. His true motive throughout the film is to find his wife, who is also in slavery.

Tarantino brings us on a journey filled with hope for Django, who through his newly acquired freedom becomes a ruthless killer with no fear. The death toll in the course of Django Unchained would most definitely be into double figures and at times it seems that Django and Dr Schultz achieve the impossible, but Tarantino produces it in such an entertaining, edge-of-your-seat manner that plains of true common sense within the film cease to be important. We are brought back the mentality of rooting for the good guy no matter what the cost.

As with all Tarantino films, Django Unchained has an incredible soundtrack. It is central to the shaping of the. There are few films where a person could be engrossed by the opening credits, Django Unchained however is one of these films.

Django Unchained does not disappoint. But is it going to be everyone’s cup of tea? That remains to be seen. Many would suggest that the amount of violence within the film is unneeded. However, Tarantino does not deviate from his classic style and as with any Tarantino film, you must be prepared to accept that: there will be blood.

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