Django Unchained – marvelous mayhem

Slave to the Rythymn

Django is set in the Deep South of America in 1858 two years befor the Civil War. If you are a Tarantino fan, you will love this. If you are a Spagetti Western fan you will love this. If you were a fan of Patrick Swayze in the 1994 mini series North and South you may be slightly disconcerted at first, but you will still love it. The first half of the film is a Western  but with more of a ‘Southern’ style and the second half is more North and South but with a revenge melodrama as the body blasting theme. Dr Shultz (Christopher Waltz) ia dentist turned bounty hunter who frees Django from his slavery chains as he is able to identify the three overseers who have a price on their heads. They set off together in search of the Brittle brothers, which do sound a bit like the Chuckle brothers except they are a lot less amusing. Christopher Waltz is a great foil for the darkly focused Jamie Foxx and is just as good here as he was as the psychopathic Nazi in Inglorious Basterds.

Showstopping sidekicks

I confess I did miss the first few couple of minutes of the film as I arrived late and accidentally went into the wrong screen. It took me a couple of minutes to work out that I was watching the end of Les Miserables rather than the beginning of Django Unchained. I know some folk don’t care for this movie and yes, there is some very graphic violence but everyone knows that Tarantino is no Walt Disney. It is however great fun and aruguably his most entertaining film since Pulp Fiction. Leonardo De Caprio revels in his role as the sadistic plantation owner Monsieur Candie of Candyland who makes slaves fist fight each other to death for his amusement and then has them torn apart by dogs when they try to escape. My favourite De Caprio film remains Catch Me If You Can but I did enjoy his vicious power crazed performance. It’s usually more fun being the baddie anyway.
Samuel L Jackson meanwhile gets to age up a bit and play a malevolent black slave who rules Candie’s house and is just as nasty as his owner.
Quentin Tarantino turns up in a small role as he tends to do in his films, as a rather dim Australian slave trader doing a regretable accent.

One Mean Mandingo 

Now I am sure that this film does not paint a true portrait of the world of slavery nor does it try half so hard to do this as say, Lincoln. But Lincoln was quite a dull and worthy film and not half so much fun! I guess no one ever gets an Oscar for blowing up a plantation house with dynamite.

Samuel L Jackson in Django

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