Django Unchained

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Django Unchained
Django, a former slave turned hired gun, heads back to the plantation to free his wife, Broomhilda, from the tyrannical plantation owner Calvin Candie, with the help of a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz.


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Mar 14, 2015
  • MICHAEL TAGGART MALONEY rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

For all the hubbub about the violence in DJANGO UNCHAINED, I found it less extreme than INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. But as Thomas Frank pointed out, that movie was about Jews killing Nazis and therefore acceptable. The only thing distinctive about the violence in DJANGO is the amount of blood which flows profusely like so many burst jars of spaghetti sauce. The power of the movie is not in its pulpy gore but in its timely depiction of the slavocracy. We are all slaves now, governed by a Dixiecrat Congress at the behest of bankers and corporate captains of industry. That's why DJANGO is a perfect accompaniment to Spielberg's LINCOLN. The performances of Christoph Waltz and Leonardio DiCaprio are inspired, as is Samuel L. Jackson's. My only criticism of the movie is that at two hours and 45 minutes it's too long. Once Waltz and DiCaprio disappear from the screen in the last half hour, DJANGO really starts to fall apart; that, and the film descends into outright farce. But all in all it's rollicking entertainment which accomplishes the amazing feat of capturing the perverse brutality of slavery (in particular with the mandingo fighting sub-plot) while plucking an intuitive chord of connection with our contemporary social-political predicament (UFC entertainment for the underemployed masses; plantation-owner-type wealth for the 1%).

Feb 15, 2015
  • atfrancis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining. Tarantino at his best!

Feb 07, 2015
  • marx_bro rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A little lengthy but all the Tatantino ultra-violence set in Old-West & 1850's Plantations. All-in-all a pretty cool flick!

Feb 05, 2015

Samuel Jackson was excellent in his role as an Uncle Tom. The malice and treachery he showed was incredible when he really should've been more sympathetic and compassionate, but that just goes to show that people care more about what they can gain than helping those who are their race.
Django was this poor soul in the beginning but he was ruthless in the end. Slavery was and will always be an evil that man has perpetrated against each other for financial gain, and the end result has been hatred between the races, sad to say, towards those who didn't have anything to do with it.
I didn't like all the blood and gore in this movie. That really wasn't necessary because you could tell that a lot of it looked like Kool-aid that someone poured all over the place.

Dec 19, 2014
  • VRMurphy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Typical Tarantino - which means uneven. Beautifully shot, he includes most of the western tropes and some familiar faces in cameos. Some of the characters are wonderfully written, some just sketched out. Loads of anachronisms which may be there on purpose, I don't always know what kind of point he's trying to make. The violence is over the top, far beyond what was required for the story, and I found it unpalatable. One of the key relationships in the film (Django and King) is wonderfully written, one of the others (Django and Hilde) is quite vague. The three principal actors do fabulous work, altho DiCaprio is practically grinning as he chews the scenery. Kerry Washington is wasted: her role was substantially underwritten and all she has to do is either stand there looking pretty or reacting in horror.

Aug 08, 2014
  • Msoda rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great film , a homage to Westerns. Director Tarantino did a great job. Loved the Photography of the film, i felt like u'r were in 1858.

Aug 02, 2014
  • cwant rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked parts of this movie. A bonus point awarded because I had the theme music stuck in my head for about three months.

Jul 16, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I appreciated the style more than the content. That is, I enjoyed the cinematography and some the light humor throughout the film. Unfortunately, the end was anticlimactic; the demise of Django’s foes comes all too quickly and easily.

Jun 27, 2014
  • Sanrin rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Tarantino unfortunately sets a high bar for his movies. Django fell short. The editing felt sloppy, the camera lingering on scenes too long, making explicit things that would have been more powerful implied or left to the reader's imagination. For example, in one scene, a cruel slave trader is left injured and surrounded by his slaves. Rather than show them glaring at the trader as he starts to beg and bargain in panic and move on, Tarantino stays until you see what happens, and it is not as good as what I would have imagined. This happens a few times. The soundtrack, usually a powerful component, feels clumsy. And finally, women are reduced to cliches -- the beautiful (but helpless) object of love and the reason for the quest (Kerry Washington) never seems fully realized, for example. Disappointing coming from the director who gave us "Kill Bill" and "Foxy Brown."

But even with all these flaws, a Tarantino movie is still thought provoking, surprising, and cinematic. He draws powerful parallels between bounty hunting and slavery, and no character escapes moral compromise. With some hilarious moments, such as the KKK complaining about how hard it is to see under their prototypical hoods.

Jun 06, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As always with Taratino, lots of gore, but there is also a bit of wit. Although not much social commentary.

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Jun 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Big Daddy (putting his bag/mask on): "Damn! I can't see f**king sh*t out of this thing!"

May 29, 2013

Bettina: "Yes sir Big you please Big Daddy..."
Django: "I like the way you die, boy!"


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Mar 27, 2013
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood, blood, blood! Be careful if you are squeamish.


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