Django Unchained

Django Unchained

DVD - 2013
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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 Shultz.


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Aug 12, 2020

Django Unchained was my first Quentin Tarantino film. I’d heard a lot about the director and decided to watch one of his better films. At its heart, the film is a gruesome but realistic interpretation of slavery-ridden pre-civil war America. Django Unchained succeeds in this aspect as it makes you loathe the slave owners and sympathize with the slaves. Leonardo DiCaprio’s atrocious antagonist Calvin Candie, Samuel L Jackson’s arrogant slave, Stephen and Christopher Waltz’ (He won an Oscar for this) German bounty hunter, Dr Schultz stand out over the others performance-wise. The soundtrack is also quite remarkable, featuring big names such as Rick Ross and Jamie Foxx, who also plays Django. The action set-pieces are executed wonderfully by Tarantino and cinematographer Robert Richardson. However, the film feels overstuffed and occasionally boring with all the bounty hunting, small-talk dialogue (don’t get me wrong, it is a Tarantino trademark), romance, racism, and action sequences. Is it one of the best Western films? No. Is it a marvel in the category of action sequences? Absolutely. [3.75/5]
@Broda of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This might be one of my favourite Westerns but I have read it is more of an exploitation film. I guess much of Quentin Tarantino’s work covers controversial themes. As is characteristic of Tarantino movies & much of exploitation cinema, the movie is pretty violent. Almost always, exaggeratedly so. I saw this as Tarantino working within an audience’s expectations of him (to show hyper violent situations)- but I’m sure he still enjoys movie violence- but mostly to depict an inhuman culture & the heinousness of the story’s villains. But, ultimately to present said villains’ possible comeuppance in the grandest way possible (equally violent as they had been). Much like “Inglourious Basterds,” Waltz’s character’s verbosity adds much but I felt it almost carried the movie - wanted more from Django & Broomhilda, being pivotal characters. But, I understand that these characters- all these characters, in fact- have as much depth as characters in the fairy tale that the film alludes to its story being, with a monologue by Dr. Shultz & many fantastical elements. Liked the dynamic camera zooms adding to a Western vibe. Cool shots of vistas, silhouettes, a frightening overhead shot of a gunfight. Would recommend but be aware, there is much violence. 4/5 stars
@reviewperson of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 05, 2020

Entertaining, but still wildly over-the-top gory, as one expects of Tarentino (glad to see Tarentino blown up in this one). Very fun performances from Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz (who I had not fully appreciated before...awesome).

May 24, 2020


May 09, 2020

Another Harvey Weinstein production.
No thanks, I'll pass.
Without Weinstein there'd likely be no SQuentin Terantingle.

Apr 03, 2020

The last great Tarantino movie. His first attempt at a Western is also his most suspenseful. Violence, comedy, chills, and thrills. What else would you expect from such a director?

Dec 30, 2019

Yow! that was bad.... I used to like senseless (I.e. no plot) action movies,
but now like them less and less and this one was really less than.

Apr 30, 2019

Liked the movie a lot but 2 things stood out to me about the plot. Why the whole mandingo subplot? Why not just BUY Broomhilda? It would have been less offensive to Candi if they just told the truth. Also, after killing half of Candi's men, the worst they can do to Django is send him off to a mine for life? He was also partly responsible for Candi's death. Doesn't really fit knowing how cruel the plantation people are to just send him off alive and well.

Feb 23, 2019

Probably, one the most underappreciated movies of all time. This move has everything: It's funny. It's gut wrenching.
It's a love story. Two very different people form a friendship because of a shared idea and they become Western Heroes. It shows the very worst of humanity. But also undying love, and the strength of the human spirit when faced with the most horrific circumstances.
The violence in the movie is different from most Tarantino films in that it isn't gratuitous.
The violence and cruelty is an accurate facsimile of American history and that should bother every single decent person.
The acting in this movie is stellar.

Mar 15, 2018

Apparently I don't get Tarantino satire. It started out okay. Loved the KKK scene, but after that this movie lost me. I thought it was awful and way too long.

Feb 09, 2018

Buckets of blood, weak plot, terrible script.

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Apr 03, 2020

"I like the way you die, boy."

Apr 03, 2020

"Hey, little troublemaker."

Jan 25, 2018

Dr. King Schultz: How do you like the bounty hunting business?

Django: Kill white people and get paid for it? What's not to like?

Jun 02, 2013

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

MyzTasha May 29, 2013

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


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Feb 13, 2018

Coarse Language: Explicit language.

Mar 27, 2013

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


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