With the Christmas movie season coming up, I have the 'difficult' job of telling you about one of the most anticipated movies this year: Django Unchained.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Kerri Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson
Synopsis: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
So...does Django live up to the hype or not?
In short, yes. Yes it does.
As a fan of Quentin Tarantino films, there are certain things that you can expect in Quentin films: bloody deaths, humor, and even more bloody deaths. If this is your first time watching a Quentin film, don't be alarmed. All the dramatic blood splatter is common fare. Now, with a touchy subject like slavery, I entered into the theater with a bit of hesitation. It's not easy watching slavery on the big screen, for anyone. But Quentin does an EXCELLENT job of mixing his touches of history and the reality of slavery with an action packed, hilarious story. Personally, I think there were people near me who were a bit uncomfortable with the subject matter but after a while Quentin reminds you that this is a story about a man fighting to be reunited with his wife. And anyone would do the same in his shoes. And Jamie Foxx does a HELL of a job as Django. Originally Will Smith was slated to star in the film but due to a scheduling conflict the job went to Jamie. And I really believe that THAT was meant to be.
The number of cameos in this film is ridiculous. If you are a Quentin fan, you'll enjoy picking out the faces of those who's appeared in his previous films throughout the movie. And folks...don't be afraid to laugh during this film. Probably one of the funniest scenes in the film deals with the KKK and when I tell you the entire theater was damn near rolling on the floor laughing...just too awesome for words.
So basically, go see this movie. Let go of any anger over the subject matter. Don't flinch at the N-word being used abundantly throughout the film. Drama, humor and a damn fine Western movie awaits you. Django Unchained hits the theaters on December 25th.