When we talk about Quentin Tarantino, one cannot hold back certain expectations. And what are those? –Blood, some action and incredibly witty dialogues. But also something else, it’s that something about Tarantino movies that makes a difference. Whether it’s the absurd situations, the wonderfully twisted characters, or the unpredictable course of action, the result is always genius. And Django’s full of that.
It is technically an American western film, but it goes so much further. It has the romance, the comedy, the action and the history. As he did in his previous piece of work, Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino gathers the facts and then presents his version of history. Many Westerns take place during the slavery era but somehow, they get around it. Mr. Tarantino faced and embraced that, creating a brave and sometimes harsh feature film.
Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist and bounty hunter frees a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx), a black hero defying all the social conventions of the time, one of a kind, whose aim is to find and free his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). But on their way stand the mighty and ruthless Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his double-faced old servant Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).This luxury cast will not disappoint.
The soundtrack is a gem. Not only the more southern tracks create the right atmosphere to the scenes, but the surprising change of rhythm gave me goosebumps more than once. The person who is able to balance spaghetti western tracks along with the most up-to-date hip hop deserves at least, a standing ovation- or why not, an Academy Award.
Tarantino goes for western illustrations in real life. Magnificent scenery along with situations and lines that will make you burst into laughter. Some may think that the comedy aspect of some of the characters is disrespectful to the history of slavery; I disagree. He is just adding a modern touch to a classic movie genre. It is not a documentary and let’s not forget that the first aim of this movie is to entertain.
There is an integral consistency to the way each character behaves, a motive that leads them; although the romantic guidance of events calls for a little too much predictability. We know how detailed Mr. Tarantino is when personifying characters. There is no pointlessness; nothing is up to fate or out of place.