I had the pleasure of watching Django Unchained last night and what a fantastic experience that was! The three hours the movie lasted simply flew by and I was constantly confronted with unexpected moments, scenes of absolute horror, a lot of laughter and even sadness. I cannot get over how amazing the latest movie from Quentin Tarantino actually is and I don’t understand why it has received so many bad reviews.
What Is the Movie about?
Jamie Foxx, who portrays Django, is purchased out of a slave convoy by a German bounty hunter. Of course, this purchase is done slightly illegally, as the bounty hunter simply kills the slave owners and sets the other slaves free. It is a typical Tarantino-style movie opening, as you find yourself straight away thrown into the movie.
The first part is all about these two characters going on bounty hunts together, and Django becoming accustomed to the fact that he is a free man, equal to his German savior. Django explains that he was sold as punishment for an escape together with his wife. His goal is to make sufficient money to buy his wife back and then move to somewhere where they can be really free.
After working together with the German, they discover that Brumhilda, Django’s wife, has been purchased by Monsieur Candie (portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio), and they come up with an elaborate ploy to purchase her back without rousing suspicion.
What I Liked
What is not to like? Let’s think about some of the main points:
- The movie very clear shows the horrors of America during the time of slavery, the disgusting way black people were being treated, even if they were free.
- It shows how some black people became institutionalized, a type of Stockholm syndrome towards their masters. This particular issue is very well portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained.
- At the same time, the story shows how not all white people were so barbaric, and how many felt that slavery was wrong and that all humans are born equal.
- I have to say I really enjoyed the scene where the Ku Klux Klan is made to look completely idiotic, and well done to Don Johnson for accepting to play a role that depicts such a stupid individual.
What I Didn’t Like
There is only one thing I didn’t like. Tarantino is known for his realism in gory scenes and I think he went slightly too far with the blood splatter in this movie. Considering they shoot each other with old guns, the amount of damage and destruction that is done to the bodies of those who get shot is slightly over the top.
The Final Verdict
I personally think Django Unchained is Tarantino at his best. The movie is poignant, touches on important issues and makes you cheer for the underdog. Those who get shot do so deservedly (bar one, that was a bit sad). The horrors of those times, which are very real, are enough, in my eyes, to help us see that we are incredibly barbaric in nature and that we must do all we can to stop ourselves from falling back into those ways. Watch it, you won’t regret it!