The dialogue master delivers another masterpiece.
Quentin Tarantino, one of the greatest directors and writers of our time, has done it again, creating a motion picture which have all audience members glued to the screen throughout the 2 hours 45 minute film.
This film is slightly different compared to his other works though, where many of his earlier films such as ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), are dialogue driven, keeping the film going with the characters and story line, Django Unchained, still gives the classic aspects of a Tarantino film, but presents the audience with something more. The director shows off how successful his films have been by pulling out more special effects and action, which we saw come to light in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009), than has been seen in his other features. Tarantino makes the effects, which mirror that of Tarantino’s directing friend Robert Rodriguez’s film ‘Planet Terror’ (2007), his own though, and doesn’t over do the action, not letting his fans forget that his work centres around his characters rather than massive explosions.
The film is based in 1858 and centres around Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave who is freed by Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz), who trains Django to become a bounty hunter, like himself. Django agrees, on the condition that once they are done Shultz will help him find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Their journey for his wife leads them to attempt to make a deal with Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the owner of ‘Candy land’ which is home to hundreds of slaves, including Broomhilda.
The all star cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill and Quentin Tarantino himself, execute their roles beautifully, Christoph Waltz showed his terrific acting capabilities in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, and although this time he has switched to being a hero rather than a villain, he plays the suavely, sophisticated Dr. King Shultz in a way which will surely secure him a role in the Director’s next picture. Leonardo DiCaprio gives off an essence from his character which will make you want to rid the world of him, just as much as Django. The film is stolen by the the talents of Jamie Foxx, portraying Django in the changes from being a slave, to a bounty hunter, to a hero. Making the audience feel his pain for the wife he has lost, and what he will go through and will do to get her back.
Once again one of the aspects of the film is to shock, mainly with the violence shown towards the slaves, however it is not overdone, the violence is slightly muted in the same way ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was, it is more in the imagination of what is happening that is shocking, rather than the image being on the screen. This is the second time Tarantino has attempted to reinvent a genre in his own way, the first being ‘Inglourious Basterds’. This time it is a western, the genre is captured well with the film, using certain characteristics which define a film of this type, such as the landscape shots, angles at which the camera is placed and the ruthless gun fights between heroes and villains.
Although the film is Tarantino’s longest running, it could be said that it is by far one of his best, with a gripping story line, wonderfully portrayed characters, shocking violence and a soundtrack which any fan will be want to get their hands, Django Unchained, despite Tarantino thinking ‘Inglourious Bastards’ was, truly is his masterpiece.
Quentin Tarantino’s other work:
Reservoir Dogs ‘1992’
Pulp Fiction ‘1994’
Jackie Brown ‘1997’
Kill Bill Volume 1 ‘2003’
Kill Bill Volume 2 ‘2004’
Death Proof ‘2007’
Inglourious Basterds ‘2009’