Django Unchained, a movie that can be called greatness to some, and to others it can just be a good movie. Don’t you dare say “meh” when someone asks you “Do you like Django Unchained?”. This is a movie that was more than a film with couple bad-ass action scenes. This is more than a piece of cinematography art that used the “N” word quite a lot to get some attention…this was a story that took the realities of slavery and racist white men, and mixed it into a tale that anyone could enjoy.
This movie starts when a slave cart being transported, to what seems to be a slave auction, is stopped by a white man on a carriage of some kind. This man on the carriage then takes control of the scene, leaving the two white men leading these slaves unable to do anything…leaving one dead actually. This mysterious man then asks if any of them know who the Brittle Brothers were, and one slave answers “yes, I do”. It is revealed that Christopher Waltz is a Bounty Hunter (acting as a dentist) who is looking for the Brittle Brothers, and he will be paid for their apprehending…dead or alive. Though Dr. King Schultz (Waltz’s character) is not interested in the slave trade, he decides to help the rest while taking Django (Jamie Foxx) so he can identify the Brittle Brothers. This is where the journey begins for Django Unchained.
I find this movie fascinating at this point for two reasons. Reason number one, the music at this point in the film is not the kind of music you would expect from a movie that starts as this depressing. However, it does set some kind of emotional move that this is some kind of old style movie which it is indeed…but probably not the old style you are expecting. Reason number two is that unexpected violence has occurred and this is what grabs our attention more than anything. You have been shown that this oldish looking guy, who drives a dentist carriage, is not your regular dentist… he is rather the dentist who is not afraid to shoot you, yet he seems to be the nicest guy on the planet. At the same time, a man who was once a slave moments ago is now free, and everyone he comes into view with is calling him the “N” word just because he’s black, riding a horse, and is acting as a free man (which he practically is a free man at this point). This then only leads up to another unexpected part but, it isn’t some gun blazing part like everyone is expecting… It is Dr. King Schultz being a very smart man and getting themselves out of some trouble. This reveals to us that he is a very smart man, who is clever, nice, business like, and has more than enough tricks up his sleeve.
I won’t giveaway any “spoilers” but this movie does move to where the Bounty Hunter helping Django find his wife, whom he lost a while ago. With the help of his wife being one of the very few slaves to speak German, they are searching for her, and the whole second half of this movie is that journey. You come in the path of Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and yes Quentin Tarantino does appear in this movie as he does with all of his movies. Overall the movie is one I recommend to anyone that isn’t sensitive to racism because this movie is full of it. This movie is full of great music, great directing, and above all else an amazing script. Quentin was not afraid to take the steps he did with this one, and I applaud him for that. You see a more realistic view on these times as well..and some not so realistic. 9/10 for me…and to be honest after reading some reviews I thought it would easily be a 10/10 but it didn’t have that extra kick I was expecting to see in this movie.