I just finished watching Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and all I can say is why didn’t I see it sooner. Tarantino who is known for his extreme violence and gore in his movies does not spare a moment of it in this film. There are scenes where blood just leaps from the body.
Jamie Foxx, who I have always found hard to like as an actor, does a really good job as the title character. He plays Django as an arrogant and tough as nails man but with a sensitive side that comes out when he thinks of his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).
The best performances in the film definitely go to Christoph Waltz as bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz and Leonardo Dicaprio as slave owner Calvin Candie. Waltz is hilarious as the articulate killer who guns down evil men that deserve their fate. Dicaprio who continuously astounds me, does a remarkable job as the money-hungry slave owner who has bought Django’s wife. Dicaprio is fierce and quite menacing in his performance as he shows just how cold and ruthless his character is.
“Django Unchained” does have its funny moments amidst the violence and brutality especially with Waltz’s character. I have always admired Tarantino’s works and most say that Django is definitely his best to date. This spin on the western drama is a must see.