The spaghetti western has been a long-awaited addition to Quentin Tarantino’s plethora of ultraviolent cinematic awesomeness. What better to have an ex-slave turned bounty hunter? I find the idea quite perfect myself. Add an act of vengeance and you’re golden. Needless to say, Django Unchained fits the bill.
To sum things up quickly, Django is spectacular. Period.
I think it’s fair to say that this is the quintessential Tarantino movie: it’s brutally violent but still entertaining and original. The rumors are true – Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio give intense performances which are absolutely buzz-worthy. Let’s not forget Jamie Foxx of course – I feel like it’s been a while since he’s been around in anything this big.
Of course there’s lots of controversy surrounding a project such as this, especially from a certain prima donna director. But you know what, history isn’t pretty, and neither is this film. By combining the seriousness of the topic of slavery and early America with spaghetti western kickassery (with an awesome soundtrack to boot), Tarantino has created a new breed of cinematic monster which combines grit, shock, and awe with tantalizing entertainment. I can honestly say I think this is one of his best.
Final Grade: A