PDS 1min Review: Django Unchained
Django Unchained is a straight forward story, and a linear one at that, that basically provides the origin story for black western super-negro Django. He even has his own slavery hating sensei/jedi master/handler/teacher/sage/partner/friend and a damsel whom he must rescue. The focus is solidly on Django throughout and if it wasn’t for hunger pangs I wouldn’t have even been aware of the three hour time frame.
What stood out to me was how Tarantino (& Kerry Washington‘s portrayal) able to show that Broomhilda was on Django’s mind and give her the bare minimum of characterization yet still make her a compelling, “strong” woman in her own right. What’s cool is that they accomplished this without resorting to her becoming the “tough sassy bitch” archetype or having her punch the only bad woman in the face. In the role of Mandingo fighting slave owner, Calvin J. Candie, Leonardo DiCaprio proves once again that he is a damn fine actor!
Jamie Foxx holds his own as Django, a personable, intelligent, runaway slave who is at times taciturn or flamboyant with a flair for the dramatic. Following his performance in Inglourious Basterds and now Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz is proving himself worthy of becoming one of Tarantino’s go to regulars. Samuel L. Jackson positively KILLS IT in his role as the loyal house nigger Stephen. A shrewd manipulator and counselor to Calvin Candie, his every line is dramatic or comedic gold. If the fates are kind a Best Supporting Actor win should be in his future.
This was a highly enjoyable tale that adeptly and unexpectedly injected humor alongside the gruesome violence and witty dialogue. This film is a great addition to Tarantino’s filmography!