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Our review of Django Unchained:
KRISTIAN: He’s back, ladies and gentlemen…Quentin Tarantino is at the helm for “Django Unchained”, and it’s everything I wanted it to be. Tarantino films are events, and from the opening frame you know you’re in for the director’s trademark style, humor and flair for dramatic (as well as penchant for violence)…the story of Django is his progression from slave to free man to bounty hunter, and his mentor Christoph Waltz promises him a reunion with his wife, a slave on the property of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character. Waltz steals the show; he is so in sync with Tarantino’s dialogue it’s clear that they have one of the best actor/director relationships in film. Jamie Foxx impressed me in a role originally rumored to be for either Will Smith or Idris Elba, and DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson both have devilishly fun performaces as the lead villains. All the Tarantino hallmarks are there: engaging story, hilarious dialogue, shocking violence and exciting musical accompaniment. Elements of westerns, blaxploitation and comedies unite to deliver another classic Tarantino masterpiece. He had my curiosity, and now he has my interest!
SCORE: 4.5/5 SCHMOES
MARK: Quentin Tarantino’s latest directorial effort is “Django Unchained”, and the film hits the ground runnin’ and doesn’t let up for three action-packed, violence-soaked, laugh-heavy hours. After freeing Jamie Foxx’s Django from the chains of slavery in 1858 Texas, Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter character leads his new apprentice on a quest that ultimately finds them at “Candie Land”, the property of a deliciously devious Leonardo DiCaprio. All three lead performances are fantastic; it’s clear how much the actors respect Tarantino’s script (equally obvious is the director’s ability to perfectly cast his roles)…Samuel L. Jackson also has a delightfully evil turn as DiCaprio’s right-hand man. Watching this film, one gets the sense that this is the exact vision Tarantino dreamed; it has all his classic hallmarks and the execution is flawless. The violence, the humor, the strong language…it all adds up to deliver on the considerable hype that goes when a celebrated director takes on an ambitious project. Here’s to your thin red line, Mr. Tarantino…we’re happy to step over!
SCORE: 4.25 SCHMOES