Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino, 2012 (R)
From the director of Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill I & II, Reservoir Dogs and Inglorious Basterds
with Jamie Foxx (Ray, Valentine's Day), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds), Leonardo DiCaprio (Marvin's Room, Titanic, Shutter Island, J. Edgar), Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson (Jackie Brown, The Avengers), Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar (RED), Michael Parks, Don Johnson
Accompanied by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner. Quentin Tarantino directs this modern-day spaghetti Western.
Golden Globe for Best Performance of an Actor in a Supporting Role for Christoph Waltz and Best Screenplay.
Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor In a Supporting Role (WON), Best Cinematography, Sound Editing and Best Original Screenplay (WON)
This movie is at the same time crazy and serious. Serious since it is telling the story of a freed slave trying to find back his wife, crazy because of the absurd dialogues and overflowing blood surrounding the quest. Of course, this is Tarantino's cinema, you gotta like it (Although he made my favorite movie "Jackie Brown" and changed history to kill Hitler in "Inglorious Basterds"). Still, I think it can only hold on as long as the humor is good, and from the moment the German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) dies, everything becomes too long, too bloody, not funny, perhaps because Django (Jamie Foxx) after all is not the one who makes the movie. Anyway, the beginning is witty, shocking (not because of the blood), funny, and only for that, and for Waltz's performance, I would recommend it.