Movie: Django Unchained
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Funny, camp and unapologetically violent, the Quentin Tarantino Variety Show 'Django Unchained' is fun until it gets too long. The last half hour threatens to turn the breakfast buffet of a film into butter spread too thinly over stale toast, but fortunately the good bits help tide you over till the very end.
What's it about?
Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a bounty hunter who buys slave Django (Jamie Foxx) to help identify three men on his hit list. As it turns out, Django comes with bloodlust aplenty and Schultz finds in him a worthy partner. He offers to help Django find his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who was sold to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Candie has a fondness for Mandingo duels where slaves fight to the death, and the winners earn their owners money from betting. Schultz and Django visit Calvin's estate Candieland under the pretext of buying a star fighter but are really there to rescue Broomhilda. While they're there, their intentions are hidden from all but Candie's loyal servant Stephen (Samuel L Jackson)
The real appeal of 'Django Unchained' is in its humour. Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx's exchanges are the stuff that chemical bromances are made of - wacky and yet, oh so endearing. Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson also impress as Candieland's mercenary guardians. Tarantino's handling of scenes is playful, even indulgent and yet he manages to also convey a message about racism and slavery.
Alas, if the movie had only been shorter, we'd have been performing all our future prayers in the direction of Tarantino's home. His screenplay might have been Oscar-worthy but Tarantino's cameo was certainly longer than necessary. Jamie Foxx's last hurrah was also the sort that might only amuse children (who won't be allowed to watch this movie anyway).
What to do?
Minor gripes aside, we'd say, go watch 'Django Unchained'. It is more quirk than gimmick.
in.com rating: 3.5/5
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