04 February, 2013
This weekend I finally had to opportunity to get out to the movies and see Django Unchained, the latest offering from Quentin Tarantino, my favourite director of all time. OF ALL TIME. Normally Tarantino stays in the realms of badass bikers, mean Mexicans, femme fatales, wicked westerns, sinister samurais and heinous hit men so for him to make a ‘period drama’ taking on the serious historical issue of black slavery was an interesting idea for me.
I’ve come to expect a lot from Tarantino and he consistently delivers, so I knew Django Unchained would have his style rubber stamped all over it but I was interested to see how he would go about this. All I can say is I LOVED it!! I loved it so much that I would watch it again, RIGHT NOW. I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD because I will be buying it straight away! God I love Tarantino! The way that man’s mind works just makes me SO happy!
Considering the movie goes for almost 3 hours, it certainly doesn’t feel that long when you’re watching it. In fact, I was a bit sad when it ended as I was enjoying it so much I could have kept watching for hours. In saying that, for the 3 hours of final cut we were treated to I couldn’t pick a single thing that could have been edited out to make it shorter. There was nothing unnecessary included and no scene dragged on. It was a relatively fast-paced tale allowing you just enough time to enjoy each moment before rocketing off into the next exciting instalment.
Interestingly, this film injected far more emotion into the story than most of Tarantino’s other films but still had plenty of Tarantino’s trademark dark humour, badassedry and violence. In fact, I had seen comments about how bloody this movie was before I saw it and throughout the movie I was thinking to myself ‘why yes, this is all rather bloody isn’t it’ but that’s not what they were getting at. You’ll know it when you see it. It makes for a completely epic climax to the movie.
No one can make you enjoy cringe-worthy gratuitous violence like Tarantino can and no one could make me laugh at the Klan but him. His quirky style and knack for kick ass soundtracks come together in Django, juxtaposing anachronistic sets and costumes with big bass modern gangsta rap in some scenes. It all makes for fantastic viewing and an exciting, hilarious and emotion fuelled film with characters you love to love and of course the ones you love to hate. Jamie Fox, Sameul L Jackson and Leonardo Di Caprio are fantastic and I enjoyed Christoph Waltz as Dr King Shultz immensely.
I haven’t had this much fun in a movie theatre for a long time. Tarantino is the master!