Review: ‘Django Unchained’

Thursday, Feb. 7-

Of all the Academy Award nominated films, one that has been a subject of much controversy is Quentin Tarantino’s western “Django Unchained”.

The film stars Jamie Foxx, “Inglorious Basterds” star Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and of course what would a Tarantino film be without Samuel L. Jackson. Foxx stars as slave turned bounty hunter Django, freed by bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, played by Waltz. Schultz seeks out Django to help him on a bounty for the Brittle brothers, whom only Django knows what they look like.

After which Schultz trains him to become a bounty hunter and helps him to free his wife Broomhilda Von Shaft (Washington) from the enthusiastic Francophile Calvin Candie, a wonderful performance given by Leonardo DiCaprio in his first role as a villain. Jackson stars as Candie’s intelligent house slave Stephen.

Much of the film’s controversy comes from simply the subject itself. There is a question of whether slavery can be turned into a genre film. Spike Lee, shortly before the film’s release, stated he would not be seeing the movie and later took to Twitter to state that “slavery is not a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, it was a holocaust.” Other controversy has come from the film’s violence and language, nothing new for Tarantino. Despite the controversy, “Django Unchained” has grossed over 300 million dollars since its Christmas Day release and has received critical acclaim.

The film has been nominated for several awards, including the Oscar’s for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Sound Editing. “Django Unchained” can still be seen in theaters everywhere.

 

-Justin Luke

Staff Writer

The Prowl