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This review is from: Django Unchained [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A film like this is difficult to define so perhaps the way I should talk about it is to just make some points and observations. It is clear to me that Tarantino's view of the world is not the run of the mill. He has an enquiring mind which informs how he approaches film making and the intellectual and visual stimuli he employs in his films. He makes you think about conclusions which you had drawn about certain things and makes you ask yourself whether you were lazy in the first place to have drawn them.
This movie is about a German bounty hunter in search of his "subjects" and who enlists the help of a slave, Django (whom he frees at his first meeting) and who is his constant companion throughout the movie on that search. Django, the freed man, is also in search. He is in search for his German speaking slave wife/woman of his dreams who was cruelly separated from him. I shall not go into the long climax of the movie save to say that the violence is quite spectacular (some might say gratuitous - but that is the point) and strangely beautiful in a visual sense.
Calvin Candie, an unbelievably malevolent plantation owner, played by Leonardo di Caprio is clearly the star of this movie whilst Christoph Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz (a retired dentist) who is the bounty hunter. They are both Academy Award winners and their performances are breathtaking. Jamie Foxx who plays Django is someone you instinctively support throughout the movie and delivers a performance that also will not escape Oscar attention.
It could be said that the overall premise of this movie is unlikely but I don't think that that is really the point. This movie, I think even more than Inglorious Basterds (Tarantino's great film that garnered Christoph his well deserved Oscar - one of the best acting performances I have ever seen!), leaves you with images that haunt in a way that is well nigh inexplicable save to say that they captivated when they first occurred even if you had no idea they would. It will never be to everyone's taste but then, this is Tarantino we are talking about!