Django Unchained

Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Vengeance
Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Vengeance
D: Quentin Tarantino
Columbia/The Weinstein Company/A Band Apart (Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin & Pilar Savone)
USA 🇺🇸 2012
165 mins


W: Quentin Tarantino
DP: Robert Richardson
Ed: Fred Raksin
PD: J. Michael Riva
Cos: Sharen Davis

Jamie Foxx (Django Freeman), Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Schultz), Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie), Samuel L. Jackson (Stephen), Kerry Washington (Broomhilda Von Shaft), Don Johnson (Big Daddy)

Inglourious Basterds was a return to form for Quentin Tarantino and this surpasses that effort, sitting beside Pulp Fiction as one of his very best films.  A unique twist on classic westerns with Jamie Foxx & Christophe Waltz pairing up as bounty hunters searching for Foxx'a enslaved wife.     
A big deal was made at the time for the supposed gratuitous use of the N-word & excessive violence. Firstly, the violence, like in all Tarantino's films is so OTT in a comic-book style way, it's as comic as it is gruesome. Whilst the N-word clocks up umpteen times, it's a movie about slavery which actually mocks the practice. I seriously can't understand how someone would be offended by this movie.  
Jamie Foxx is bad ass as the title character, but the best performances belong to Leonardo Di Caprio as a sadistic plantation owner and Christophe Waltz as Dr. King Schultz, likewise with his turn in Inglourious Basterds, a scene-stealing performance.

Jamie Foxx & Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained
Jamie Foxx & Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained