Currently Watching: Django Unchained

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Django Unchained is a simple story about a man who wants to save his wife. The premise is very simple, but all the things that happens inbetween is what makes it a fun movie.

Django (Jaime Foxx) is a slave and is freed by a bounty hunter named Dr. Shultz (Christopher Waltz), for him to help find criminals dead or alive (generally dead, no one gets a chance to explain themselves). So, the story starts there, and right after they finish their first bounty together, Django tells his story about his wife and Dr. Shultz promises to help him out when they are ready.

It’s a western, but not a typical western movie like “Unforgiven”. This is an action movie with comedy. Kill Bill 2 is inspired by western movies, but I consider that movie a failure since it didn’t capture the same excitement as Kill Bill 1, which is inspired from Japanese Anime. I was hesitant to watch this movie because of my experience with Kill Bill 2. But watching Django Unchained has proved me wrong and Tarantino is very good at making a western movie.

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The movie feels like it’s from the 60’s or 70’s which is very typical for a Quentin Tarantino movie. The directing style with some shots does feel like it’s an old movie, but it does have a modern feel to it. Since some of the music is made especially for it. I was even surprised that Ennio Morricone (Untouchables, The Thing worked on this.

As with most movies that Tarantino makes, it is very violent especially when it nears the end. The violence is actually exaggerated, and you’ll notice that even the sound effects adds to the gore of it.

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The acting is done very well. Although I can’t get it out of my head that Christopher Waltz’s performance is almost the same as watching him in Inglorious Bastards (another Tarantino movie). His acting stands out because it shows that his character is highly intelligent, and because of his personality, there are parts that stand out. You obviously see that the part was written with him in mind. I also enjoyed seeing Don Johnson again and he was pretty good too. Leonardo Di Caprio stood out at the end too, I think he’s a pretty under rated actor from my point of view. I was surprised how good he kept in character even though he actually injured himself during filming.

So, what do I think of it all? I enjoyed it a lot. Watched it a couple of time and I still had fun the second time around. I highly recommend the movie.

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