Tarantino, Foxx entertain with “Django Unchained”
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 16:02
“Django Unchained” is, without a doubt, Quentin Tarantino’s most entertaining film since the legendary “Pulp Fiction.”
Set in Texas two years before the Civil War, Jamie Foxx plays Django, a freed slave apprenticing Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a smooth-talking German bounty hunter disguised as a dentist. The two go on a quest to save Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from Texas’ most famed plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), owner of Candieland.
While critics have given the most accolades to Waltz and DiCaprio (and deservedly so), Foxx’s performance is without a doubt his best yet. He proved that he has the chops to lead a movie in the critically acclaimed “Ray,” but in “Django “(for which Tarantino’s first choice was Will Smith) he’s solidified his status as a world-class leading actor. You didn’t just cheer for Django, you wanted to be Django on his quest for vengeance and justification for his abusive past. In the obnoxiously bright costumes, dropping unforgettable lines such as “I love the way you die, boy,” it’s hard not to admire him.
Tarantino also reaches new comical heights in a hysterical scene where Don Johnson and Jonah Hill lead a clumsy mob of early Ku Klux Klan members to lynch Waltz and Foxx. From the masks with holes that don’t line up with anyone’s eyes to Johan Hill’s look of near-painful stupidity, the wildly politically-incorrect scene stands out as Tarantino’s funniest scene since Mike Meyer’s cameo in “Inglourious Basterds.”
However, it wouldn’t be a Tarantino film without indulgent violence. When Dr. Schultz and Django enter Candieland, they’re met with a scene so gruesome some audience members had to look away. Tarantino captures the cruelty of slavery that most movies choose to ignore, where two white men treat two fellow human beings like animals, shouting instructions, bribes and cheers with each thunderous blow the two slaves endured.
“Django Unchained” is a three-hour thrill ride of wildly offensive humor, political incorrectness and gluttonous violence guaranteed to make this one of Tarantino’s most memorable movies for years to come.