|Django Unchained (2012)|
|Rating: 8.4/10 (1,024,786 votes)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
Runtime: 165 min
Genre: Drama, Western
Released: 25 Dec 2012
|Plot: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.|
Watched on May 26, 2014 from Redbox.
This one was OK. We’d both wanted to see it, and it wasn’t a wasted couple of hours, but we’re glad we didn’t pay the full theater price to see it.
Why people tout this movie as a work of genius is beyond me. A 3 hour long runtime was a lot for the material at hand. The story is predictable and the characters (barring Stevens and Calvin) pretentiously self-righteous and boring.
While the film did possess panache in delivery, as all Tarantinos do, it lacked a central character and premise strong enough to make it engaging. The intelligent script and characterization that is a hallmark of films such as “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Death Proof” etc is dampened due to Django’s portrayal as a virtual mute with an attitude.
A remake of a 1966 Spaghetti Western Jamie Foxx plays the title character, a slave taken on by bounty hunter King Schultz (Christophe Waltz) in order to help find his former overseers. Once free Django joins Schultz in a professional capacity and is Django is able to embark on a more personal search.