Last night I watched Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. It. Was. Awesome.
I am a big fan of Tarantino as a director and this movie did not disappoint. All the graphic deaths, tense dialogue and twists you’d expect from Tarantino are delivered, together with a modern reading of the Western genre, which appeals to a 21 century crowd. Nowadays, I already expect each new Hollywood movie to be pure crap and I’ve started watching independent cinema more often. Django Unchained is the gem which still keeps my hopes for mass market films high.
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio all perform marvelously, but the best actor in the movie is Samuel Jackson in the role of a black servant who’s ready to obey his slaver till death. Apart from the great actors, which is the single most important ingredient of a good movie, Django Unchained also has much to offer in plot and dialogue. Sweeping political correctness under the rug, as each self-respecting playwright should, Tarantino manages to transport you to the slavery era in America like no one else.
However, the skill which makes him such a great director is not that he can please the critics or drive them mad. It’s the fact that he can make a good movie, which appeals to the standard hollywood crowd, and still avoid cliches. Even those of you who’d prefer an action flick with a love story happy ending, even you will not be disappointed. Find Django Unchained in your local theater and watch it.