Tarantino is known for the gruesome and brutal films that he directs. Even with that in mind, he still takes Django Unchained to a whole different level. While not being a film for the faint of heart, or stomach at that, Django Unchained provides the viewer with an interesting, action packed set of events that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a captured slave brought in to help a bounty hunter find a criminal. After being told that he would gain his freedom if he cooperates, Django agrees to help bring these criminals to their death. Through a series of events, Django helps his partner find criminals in return for a favor. Through action packed scenes, Django is a win.
The first hour and a half or so is brilliant and hilarious and original. Some classic scenes with brilliant performances, esp. from Christoph Waltz (who is clearly the lead actor in the film despite his Best Supporting Actor nod). The film is thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking. Alas, the film goes on and on, and is at least 30 minutes too long. The ending is needlessly gorey and repetitive. Well worth seeing, but not for the faint of heart.
It’s full of senseless blood letting, gory, foul mouthed galore and shoot outs. Welcome to the House of Tarantino. What were you expecting when you decided to go watch a Tarantino on Christmas of all days! Bow down to the Master of Shock and Awe. MOVIE OF THE YEAR AND ITS ONLY JANUARY. My name is Quentin Tarantino, B#@%^! The "T" is silent.
This movie was terrible. Even if Tarantino hadn't managed to work the n-word every single minute of a two hour/45 min movie, it would still be bad.
I saw "Django" and was not amused by it. It reminded me of "Pulp Fiction", especially whit the Samuel Jackson character, Stephen. In the reality, he wouldn't have been allowed to be that disrespectful in the presence of his owners. Django would not have survived as long as he did in a real slavery situation. This was a Tarantino "Kill Bill" and "Pulp Ficiton" all rolled in one movie that has no real semblance to a real history. A couple of thing caught my attention immediately: Django goes from a bushy head to a fade haircut. The music is contemporary, and even includes a rap. Django, in one scene tell someone how to pronounce his name, even saying the "D" is silent! Up from slavery to an English major in a matter of hours!
Fundamentally, movies are about story telling. Can we agree that Mr. Tarantino cannot write a screenplay to save himself? Yes, he's created an attractive, historic, at times fun vehicle, but at some basic level A must lead to B which leads to C. Mr. Tarantino goes from A to Q to K to B. He ends up at C, but the journey is fundamentally a ninety minute movie that he jams into 2:45 minutes. I do not care if it's a comic book (the comparison is an insult to comic books.)The problem is with a director who purports to be a writer and a critical community that continues to genuflect when there's nothing there to worship.
This movie was sooooooo entertaining! It was hilarious! I would watch D'jengo again. Any person who thinks that this movie was suppose to be similar to Roots is in for a big surprise...it is nothing like Roots, nor is it suppose to be. Jamie, Christoph, Leonardo and Samuel were great together! Funny, entertaining, and all-out kick ass!
Django Unchained is a perfect revenge fantasy. I'll see it again!
Never have two and a half hours at the movies gone by so quickly. This movie is not only hugely entertaining but it is fearless in that it is not afraid to tell a story which could be controversial in a certain region of the country...
Yes, the gore is sometimes over the top. Yes, Tarantino can be self indulgent. But he is also extremely intelligent (listen to some of his interviews) and uniquely creative. This movie isn't for those who cannot get past the (usually) stylized violence. For those who can,the dialogue, acting, and sheer creativeness of this movie are a real treat. And it illuminates some true horrors of slavery more effectively than an entire PBS series. And BTW, Ms. Hornaday, is it you or your copy editor who "learned" of German legends via the comic strips: "Django...agrees to help him if Schultz will in turn help him find his wife Broomhilda (sic)". This is what passes for erudition at the WP nowadays?
Another dumb movie! And this movie just panders to all the liberals and minorities. Unfortunately, many of them will believe that this really happened in the South. Every historian with their worth in salt will tell you there is no evidence of black slaves fighting other black slaves, like some Roman gladiators, in the American slavery era.
I respect the above reviewers perspective "but" I would never travel to the movie house on Christmas Day to pay and see this movie, out of respect for the Day of Christmas. I would say Tarantino pulled it off again. Possibly his best movie to date besides "Inglorious...". Jamie Fox & Kelly Washington were impressive as well as Christophe, Leonardo, Sam Jackson, Don Johnson (Big Daddy), and the supporting cast. I laughed, felt overwhelmed by the violence, as sometimes too much, yet, felt relieved knowing the embellishments is what you get when you go to see a Tarantino film. The movie is at least 3 stars possibly 3 1/2.
It is always difficult for the descendants of slavemasters to view the reality of their ancestors and exactly how inhumane they were. There is absolutely no doubt that the slavemasters did these things and other very similar degrading, dehumanizing, violent and brutual actions in order to maintain the institution of slavery and to control their slaves. Get over it.
I fail to see why Sergio Corbucci's Django had to be "updated"...has Tarantino run out of novel ideas ? has he ever had a novel idea ? What will Tarantino redo next ? Keoma ?
I have not seen the movie; however the review mentions a scene that involves the Ku Klux Klan. Since the movie is set in 1858, this is an error since the Klan was not formed until December 1865. I selected a rating from your scale since the comment would not post without a rating.
Tarantino's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," was his most puzzling. I couldn't figure out what he was trying to do. Was it supposed to be an ultraviolent crime melodrama like "Reservoir Dogs" or an ultraviolent dark comedy like "Pulp Fiction?" But, there's no doubt that "Django Unchained" is right up there with his greatest masterpieces. What an acting ensemble! All the way from Jamie Foxx to Kerry Washington to Samuel L. Jackson to Don Johnson to Michael Parks, these actors are on top of their games. Who but Tarantino would tie a spaghetti western to a Wagnerian opera? Who but Tarantino could turn a horrifying Klan raid into one of the most hilarious scenes ever put on film? This doesn't get four stars, it gets 10.
In truth, I found the film movingly mediocre; a really terrific story overlaid with all this parody and shtick-wink-winks, amidst a homage to spaghetti westerns (Fox as Eastwood, for a few dollars more). The horrors of slavery NEED to be made graphic, and repeatedly made graphic; in order to better convey its absolute inhumanity; But Django as Roy Rodgers (in the end, on a prancing horse no less; damn...why not have him 'sing'?)doesn't seem a good way to accomplish that.
Aside from playing fast and loose with historical detail (examples: Henry repeating rifles and the Klan in 1858?), it is the kind of violent trash that Clint Eastwood made popular in movies like High Plains Drifter where a man alone does things that would make Superman blush. Save me, please, and let's have at least a smidgeon of realism. And, pretty please, no more scenes of dogs tearing anyone apart, let alone a poor, brutalized slave who dared escape from 18th century gladiatorial combat.
Loved the spaghetti western feel with a mixed cast - don't think I've seen that before. Samuel Jackson was hilarious as the dedicated house slave. Yes it was brutal and bloody - but guess what, so was slavery.
I went to see this movie with my uncle & 16-year-old male cousin on Christmas day after being cooped in the house visiting family. Was not my first choice, particularly in rural SC, but was surprised that the movie was packed and even more so that QT wrote something that ran the emotional gamut with a clever intricacy that addressed a time in history that often leaves people raw. It runs a little long and drags before the final climax but overall a well-constructed film desperately needed with remakes and recycles hogging the silver screen. Standout performances by Jackson, Waltz, and DiCaprio.
All I can say is you have too have and open mind. I really enjoyed the movie.
I am an African American female who usually chooses to stay away from slavery type movies especially with Tarentino making it because of the foul language & killing sprees. BUT I was surprised at how open and honest the film was about slavery & how our people were treated. If you take the slavery out of it...which is kind of hard to do, this is basically a love story where Jamie Foxx just wants to get his wife back & will do anything to do it. This story can also serve as a history lesson of what really happened during slavery times for black & white people. This film made me embrace where I came from. Just to know my ancestors came from such a horrible circumstance & actually some survived it. HATSOFF TO Tarantino & the all star cast.
I had a change of heart about Django Unchained and decided to go (since my friend offered to pay for tix)....it was LONG but surprised I enjoyed it. There were more white people in the audience than black - at the end everyone clapped. A brotha yelled out "Obama" at the very beginning when the lights went down and everybody laughed. So lighten up people, enjoy and Merry Xmas!
This movie would only suit a person who could actually understand Tarantino's work. Yes, it was pretty gory, but aren't all his movies? Behind all the blood and tongue-in-cheek dialogue lies an awesomely written script and A1 cast. I'd most definitely recommend it to any Tarantino fans, but not to anyone who's "Easily Offended."
Another Tarantino gorefest that will have great appeal to teenaged boys. However, good acting and all the setups to appeal to movie critics do not make this anything other than a somewhat boring cartoonish rerun of his earlier efforts. I wish I had gone to see The Hobbit instead.
Pretty good story. Waltz and Foxx make an awesome team, and Tarantino could not have picked a better actor to portray Candie than DiCaprio. The dialogue is sharp, the story unpredictable, and the gore as satisfying as fast food in the middle of the night - leaving you feeling a bit guilty but satisfied. Not sure what everyone's complaints are about... Too much violence given the time? I'm sure you can catch a replay of Mr. Tarantino's previous work on netflix and I'm sure cable television has it's own outlets of violent films. Is it inappropriate for the times? I guess... but it's not like Tarantino timed this. If your not too busy being overly sensitive about violence on Christmas day, enjoy something a good film this fine day or week.
I'm tired of white people calling this movie "cathartic." You'd probably feel different if your father was a second-class citizen because his grandfather was chattel. Non-whites deserve heroes to rescue their princesses too.
I cannot rate this; I have not seen it. I was waiting for a clear, un-beat-about-the-bush rating. Thank you for your honesty, Ms Hornaday. It looked like a duck; it quacked like a duck. (You are almost forgiven for last weeks damning of Jack Reacher.)
My nightmare - being trapped in an elevator with Tarantino. What a silly bore he is!
Haven't even seen it and know I'm going to love it! To the 1 star folks....you got exactly what you signed up for so quit your whining and social pontification Pulleassse! It's a movie.
Don't forget what Jamie Fox said is the best thing about the movie, hint 'he gets to do in all the White people'
Great movie for those who love the old shootem ups. Loved it!
it's just too much violence..no matter the narrative
None of the "reviewers" below seemed to have seen this movie! Please delete each and every one of these baseless rants. Thank you. Oh, and by the way, all slavers should have had their throats slit in their sleep.
I have to agree with the other criticisms here. Hollywood bathes in hypocrisy, as they speak out against gun ownership while glorifying violence. Tarantino is a master of stylized violence, and can be very entertaining, but in the end our insensitivity to violence and the resulting lack of empathy overall is rotting our society.
After watching Natural Born Killers years ago, I promised myself to never again spend a dime on this obnoxious, foul mouthed Hollywood elite.
Once again Tarantino has produced a film guaranteed to titillate those who delight in gratuitous gore. Predictably, the media, which scratches it's head in bafflement when the violence spreads to our streets and schools, slathers this trash with all manner of flattery and presumes to convince us that it is some form of art. I think the star of this movie put it into perspective very well; " I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that? And how black is that?" So... for a Christmas treat, take your family to what passes for a movie these days, by a producer and cast that has not the least respect for the audience.
Tarantino deserves the same therapy that Django administers to his victims. Talking and writing about this sewage product of Tarantino, especially on Christmas, is food for thought concerning Tarantino's base morality. As with all sewage, this too must be sterilized and flushed.