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Django Unchained Review: Australia Day and Leonardo DiCaprio

So I’m going to try something different on this blog. I’m going to review movies from time to time. I know something original right. Never the less I’m going to keep pushing on with this one.

What can I say about the new Tarantino flick, ‘Django Unchained’?
Yeah, it’s pretty good.

Ok that’s it. What more do you want from me? Fine I’ll keep going.

So today, the 26th of January, is Australia day, and what’s more Australian than going to the movies to watch a film set in slave time America about a black guy shooting white guys?

Django Unchained is a movie about the slave turned free man Django’s, Jaime Foxx, to free his wife Broomhilda, Kerry Washington. He does this with the help of Dr. King Schultz, the wonderful Christoph Waltz, a dentist turned bounty hunter. After freeing Django, Schultz and Django go on a bounty hunting spree across the south in an effort to raise money to fund their escape plan. Their hunt for Broomhilda leads them to ‘Candyland’ the plantation of Calvin Candie, DiCaprio.

This movie is one of the reasons I really like DiCaprio.

He is wonderful, and his ability to stay in character even after slicing his hand open (yes it’s his blood in the film) further reinforces why he is one of the current Hollywood greats. Foxx is as good as ever and brings this wonderful personality to Django that sometimes makes him seem like a lost child taking his first steps into the world at the beginning, and finally becoming a man by the end.

Samuel L. Jackson, is a bit of a scene stealer as Stephen the elderly Head of House of ‘Canyland’, but the real show stealer is Waltz, who appeared in ‘Inglorious Bastards’ as, according to my friend, the ‘racist one’.



Dr. Schultz is the only unracist white person in the movie, and this brings up some amazingly funny dialogue and situations. I’m willing to recommend this movie off the back of his stellar performance.

My criticisms of this film are few, but noteworthy. Being a Tarantino film, you expect a level of over the top violence, but this was ridiculous.

There was one death that really pulled me out of the movie. A woman gets shot by a revolver and goes flying off and all the angles do not work. It pulled me out of the movie. My other critique is the cameo by Tarantino himself.

I felt it was totally unneeded, my companion didn’t even pick him out, but I think that’s because she doesn’t know what he looks like, and his accent, I’m assuming South African, came across as strange. There is always the possibility that he was trying to do Australian. If that’s the case it cements my theory that non-Australians, bar a select few, cannot do Australian accents.

Django Unchained is a good fun romp for the whole family. Ok, I’m kidding there. Actually, Django Unchained is an intriguing movie, and is a true Tarantino film. It is a wonderful mix of a serious subject matter, and Tarantino’s odd humour, that I love. It is not, however, a good first date movie, unless the person you are dating is a bit of an interlectual, or you have been dating for a while. So in the theme of Australia Day, I give Django Unchained four out of five Australian Flags.

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