Top 365 Films – #218 – Django Unchained (2013)


Top 365 Films - Django UnchainedDIRECTED BY: Quentin Tarantino

STARRING: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, James Russo, David Steen, Dennis Christopher and Walton Goggins

BUDGET: $100m

EARNED (Worldwide): $425.3m

AWARDS: 2 Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay), 2 Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay) and 2 BAFTAs (Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay)

 

SYNOPSIS

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

 

Django Unchained places us in Texas in 1858, where a former German dentist, Dr. King Schultz, who is now a bounty hunter that encounters a slave named Django and purposes a deal to him: if he joins him as a partner in hunting down particular bounties, he’ll help him rescue his wife Broomhilda.

 

Unlike some people I didn’t mange to enjoy a few of Tarantino’s films that followed after Jackie Brown (The Kill Bill films and Death Proof to be precise) but over the last few years that followed since then, I believe that Tarantino’s found his rhythm again, particularly in this 2013 (UK release) Django Unchained. Presented as not only a period piece and a western (well, Southern) but a revenge flick at heart, for two/thirds of this film I really enjoyed this film but for me the final act goes to a certain level of absolute madness that I felt numb to it as I felt it went on too long and the last twenty minutes could’ve been trimmed down. The performances as you’d come to expect in a Tarantino film however are terrific, with Jamie Foxx oozing cool as Django but the three more interesting performances to take from the film are Christoph Waltz as Schultz, in charismatic form and he does had a fun time delivering Tarantino’s dialogue, Samuel L. Jackson is in his best form here as Stephen, Candie’s head house-slave who is just disgusted at the sight of Django and seems to have more power in his hands than we’re led to believe, as evidenced by the scene between him and Candie and the most impressive performance here is Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie, in a spiteful villainous role that just chews up the scenery he’s involved in, with the threat of violence lingering everytime he’s on screen and DiCaprio was robbed of even getting nominations, let alone awards for the role.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: The dinner table scene between Calvin Candie, Dr. King Schultz and Django involving a small bag containing a skull. Terrific scene with DiCaprio at his best here.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘ Gentleman, you had my curiosity, now you have my attention.’ – Calvin Candie

DID YOU KNOW?: When Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Calvin Candie smashes the palm of his hand on the dinner table, the actor broke a glass under his hand and really began to bleed. DiCaprio ignored it, stayed in character, and continued with the scene, even going so far as to smear the blood onto the face of Kerry Washington. After the take, the room erupted in a standing ovation. This take was the one used in the film

One response to “Top 365 Films – #218 – Django Unchained (2013)

  1. I agree with this. Just a little bit overindulgent and could have ended when Django first managed to escape without him going back. That DiCaprio fact is just bizarre!

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