Summary/Plot: Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino, immediately draws you in from the opening scene. We follow Django, a former slave, and his German friend, Schultz, who become bounty hunters. Released in 2012, Django Unchained has a runtime of two hours and forty-five minutes, but the time flies by in this action-filled Western. 9/10
Characterization: Although Django Unchained is filled with many characters, it successfully develops most of the cast. Kerry Washington’s character may be the only non-developed person in this movie. Django, played by Jamie Foxx, and Doctor Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz, both have amazing character arcs. Foxx and Waltz both bring their A-game for this film. With fully established and well-rounded characters, Django Unchained reflects Tarantino’s talent for characterization. It’s hard not to mention Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson who bring their unlikable characters to life with outstanding performances. 9/10
Cinematography: Quentin Tarantino’s typical camera angles and realistic settings make this film even better. Tarantino, like always, brings realism and depth to Django Unchained. From the language to the surroundings, Django Unchained makes you feel as if you are in the South during the 1800s. Towards the end of the film there is an unnecessarily long and graphic gunfight. The final 30 minutes felt a tad bloated with gushing blood and screams of dying men. But this is a Tarantino film so what did you expect? 8/10
Conclusion: Django Unchained is a well-acted and perfectly coordinated film. This film has action, romance, humor, and that “underdog” character that everyone will love. Tarantino continues to put out fabulous films that focus on darker periods of not only America’s history, but the world in general. He is not afraid to show what really happened during these times and his films continue to shine.
Final Score: 8.7