Django Unchained Review – Dazzling

Braving the cold snap, several dozen people including your favorite enfant terrible SI stood shivering outside AMC 25 in Times Square, New York City Tuesday morning eagerly waiting for the doors to open so that we could catch the first show of Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained.

By the time the movie got started, the cavernous hall # 12 at AMC 25 was 85-90% full for the opening 10AM show.

Boy, was the wait in the cold worth it.

Folks, Django Unchained is the best movie I’ve seen in 2012. And I’ve seen a lot of films in 2012, some dating back to the 1930s!

Django Unchained Crowd at AMC 25 NYCPeople waiting outside AMC 25 in Times Square NYC to watch Django Unchained

Brilliant Movie

A galaxy of talents (Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio), an ace director (Quentin Tarantino), a highly unusual story, eye-popping photography (Robert Richardson) and an extremely pleasing soundtrack make a rare union in Django Unchained to give the audience a lavish feast.

It was the best $7 I spent this year (shows before noon are $7 at AMC 25).

In Django Unchained, set in antebellum America in the deep south,ย  Tarantino takes a Western and plonks it into a blood-curdlingly cruel slave society, embellishes it with a generous dollop of romance and colors it a deep red with fiery violence, yielding a strange but highly entertaining beast.

A bounty hunter of German origin Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) interrupts a slave-caravan on a dark night and after a hail ofย  gun-fire frees Django (Jamie Foxx) and enlists his help in finding the Brittle brothers on whose heads hang a rich reward for their capture, dead or alive.

Thus begins an odd partnership between a White man and a slave, a collaboration that puts the Nigga on the horse to the astounding shock of a society that has never seen the bizarre spectacle of a Black man atop a nag (horse).

For Django, joining with Dr.Schultz is a heaven-sent opportunity as it gives him a chance to make good money, earn his freedom and locate his lovely wife Broomhilda Von Shaft (the beautiful Kerry Washington), forcibly separated from him by their slave-owners.

Besides directing the film, Quentin Tarantino also wrote the highly engaging story, which in one memorable bloody scene features a vicious, deadly version of human cock-fighting called Mandingo to amuse the slave owners.

Not one dull nanosecond in this story.

Oh, What a Cast!

Christoph Waltz made it to the consciousness of movie goers as the “Jew Hunter” Nazi commander Col.Hans Landa in Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds and picked up a whole bunch of awards including Best Actor at Cannes and Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars.

As the wise-ass, quick to the gun bounty hunter, Waltz is no less brilliant in Django Unchained.

Let the word go forth right now that SI will not be among the surprised if Waltz picks up another bunch of awards for his performance in Django Unchained.

Notwithstanding the title part going to Jamie Foxx, I felt Waltz got the meatiest role in the film.

Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio as the brutal slave owning Calvin Candie and Samuel Jackson in a memorable role and a most unusual get-up are remarkable.

Jamie Foxx’s Django in a cocky blue outfit jauntily astride a horse is a sight to behold!

Together, Waltz, Foxx, DiCaprio and Jackson light up the screen to the ecstasy of viewers. There were repeated vocal notes of approval during the course of the movie and a final round of loud applause at the end.

Robert Richardson’s photography does fabulous justice to a nonpareil story by Tarantino.

In one memorable scene, as Waltz’s character Dr.Schultz shoots a guy in the fields blood from the victim splatters on the white flowers staining them with a thousand red specks.

Nice Soundtrack

Borrowed mostly from famous yesteryear pieces, the soundtrack, including the opening Django theme song by Rocky Roberts, is heaven.

Given Tarantino’s fondness for the composer Ennio Morricone, it’s no surprise that a few of his works figure here.

Django Unchained also includes a new composition for the film by Ennio Morricone.

You can listen to the soundtrack and Tarantino’s commentary here.

Extraordinary Film

Quentin Tarantino is perhaps the only director in Hollywood today who scores high marks in multiple arenas: putting up a riveting story, eliciting unforgettable performances from his cast, great photography and wonderful music.

By the way, Tarantino has a small role in the film too. Keep an eye out for him in the second half.

Django Unchained is a brilliant film that deserves every word of the countless encomiums being heaped on it.

Rarely this year have these old, tired eyes witnessed such magic unfold on the screen.

Some viewers will find it hard to resist comparing Django Unchained with Tarantino’s previous films.

Opinions will vary wildly here and I won’t waste any time on the pluses and minuses of Django Unchained vis-a-vis Tarantino’s earlier films.

All I’ll say repeat is that Django Unchained is the best film yours truly has watched this year. enthusiastically recommends Django Unchained to all lovers of good cinema.

Django Unchained is playing all across America and discerning movie fans couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas gift this year.

8 Responses to "Django Unchained Review – Dazzling"

  1. iamthechampion007   December 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Are u sure dis was the best movie u watched in 2012??

    Because if u ask me to choose 1 movie among the numerous ones I watch it will a tough job. We watch a no: of movies and to pick 1 movie from them is difficult esply due to the difference in genres.

    So, since this movie impressed u so much so that u feel this 1’s the best in an year where u hav posted some really positive reviews for some movies, it surely must be brilliant.

    And btw, movies dating back to the 30s, by that u mean ‘Mr. Smith..’, rite ? Responds:

    1.You write: Are u sure dis was the best movie u watched in 2012??

    No, I’m not sure!

    Google, Google panni parthen, I think Thupakki is slightly better.

    Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Samuel Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio are no match, just no match for Vijay and Kajal!

    Nobody, nobody except Vijay can fool 65 million Tamils into believing his on-screen antics come under the definition of Acting.

    Nobody, nobody except an Ass can lift her legs like Kajal while she imitates dancing.

    2. You write: And btw, movies dating back to the 30s, by that u mean ‘Mr. Smith..’, rite ?

    Yes, sweetie!

    • iamthechampion007   December 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I expect a review for ‘Mr. Smith…’ too, that is, if u hav time….

  2. Naveen   December 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Django Unchained while thoroughly entertaining was a notch or two less satisfying than Inglourious Basterds.

    Both very similar movies falling in the exploitation and revenge genre.

    I loved the scene where the gang of people complain about the mask.

    Samuel Jackson and Christoph Waltz rocked!

    What next? The retribution of Native Americans? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Responds:

    Were there hints overt tones of incestuous love between Calvin and Laura or is my hyperactive libidinous imagination acting up again? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Naveen   December 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Definitely the former!

      You can count on Tarantino to touch the most taboo subjects. Responds:

      Django Unchained is that rare movie worth watching twice.

      If you look at the awards for the movie so far, most have gone to Christoph Waltz or Leonardo DiCaprio.

      • Naveen   December 28, 2012 at 2:43 am

        I thought Samuel Jackson’s role and performance was special. Responds:


        But for whatever reason he’s been overlooked in any of the awards/nominations!

        • Naveen   December 28, 2012 at 2:50 am

          Let us call the awards racist… they are nominating only the white folks in the movie! ๐Ÿ˜€


          Nice irony!

          White People get most awards/nominations for movie about a Black Man!

    • Naveen   December 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      I overheard the two women sitting behind be go “oh Boy!” in couple of those scenes.

      I didn’t turn to see if amused or appalled. ๐Ÿ˜€ Responds:

      I’m all for incest except that I hear children born of consanguineous marriages tend to suffer from all kinds of health problems.

  3. ravinternet   December 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    interesting review.

    Rewtached Reservoirdogs on hulu plus in prep. for django. Wasn’t as enchanting as it was during the first watch Responds:

    I’ve forgotten Reservoir Dogs.

    Must rewatch it!

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