Oh boy I did not see that coming but knowing Quentin Tarantino once did deliver magic, I should have anticipated this. An absolute phenomenal feast of sheer acting brilliance compact into 165 minutes of western adventure is DJANGO UNCHAINED.
Events occur in a time 2 years before the gi-normous civil unrest in the States. Django (Foxx) a black slave is bought off by Dr.Schultz (Waltz) from the prying hands of two slave traders. Dr. Schultz who is retired 5 years now from dentistry is a bounty hunter of the state and requires the assistance of Django to identify the Brittle Brothers who have a handsome bounty set on their heads. Django who agrees to assist Dr.Schultz does so in true Western-Foxx craze convincing me that Will Smith was wise to turn down the role because no one will play Django better than Jamie Foxx.
Acting is indeed integral in any motion picture. The performance of the actors in this movie is more fundamental than any other movie of the recent past since the DJANGO UNCHAINED isn’t about a variety of occurrences put together. Instead the movie follows Django every frame of the way making the audience involuntarily focus on the same set of actors which opens a window of opportunity to zero in on the vulnerabilities in the character portrayals. The best part is that there are no flaws, there are no hiccups. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel Jackson and Christopher Waltz are jaw droopingly dazzling. I kid you not; there are moments in the art of the way some scenes are directed that I literally have my jaw drop only to embarrassingly notice it minutes later. One must try real hard to not like DJANGO UNCHAINED.
Special note must be made for the Oscar winning performance by the Austrian Actor Christopher Waltz. Strangely enough that I could not stop myself from thinking that he sounded an awful lot like John Malkovich if he was to play to the same character. There is not a moment of boredom when Waltz delivers his lines. Evidently he is in full swing with his portrayal and coincidently he manages to bag in 2 consecutive Oscars with 2 consecutive Tarantino collaborations.
Lastly this movie is a great comeback for Quentin Tarantino as his fans begin to wonder if he had burned his imagination with KILL BILL and PULP FICTION. Let’s be honest and admit that INGLORIOUS BASTARDS isn’t much of a big deal but DJANGO UNCHAINED is a MUST WATCH!
TRY NOT TO DUCK YOUR HEAD AS THE BLOOD SPLASHES ALL OVER YOUR SCREEN!
TITLE: DJANGO UNCHAINED
DIRECTED BY: QUENTIN TARANTINO
STARRING: JAMIE FOXX, CHRISTOPHER WALTZ, LEONARDO DICAPRIO & SAMUEL JACKSON
RUNTIME: 165 MINUTES