Movie: Django Unchained
Review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Review: I'm pretty sure the only film I've seen by Quentin Tarantino before was Pulp Fiction, and honestly, I wasn't the biggest fan. However, a friend wanted to see a movie this past weekend and there wasn't much out I wanted to see (and hadn't already seen over winter break) so we decided to give Django Unchained a shot. While it's a bit of a lengthy film (and probably didn't need to be), we both enjoyed it a lot.
However, for those that haven't seen the previews, his name is essentially Jango because the D is silent.
Back to the film- this is one of those movies that is pretty hard to describe. It's kind of a western, but it takes place when slavery is going on. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave that is freed by Dr. King Schultz (played wonderfully by Christoph Waltz) in order to help him fulfill a bounty. After this, Schultz decides to help Django free his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a horrible owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
One of my favorite aspects of this film was the music. It's a mix between western and rap/hip hop, giving the movie more of a modern feel during those scenes. There is a lot of violence and blood, so if you get easily sickened by that sort of thing, then I would skip this film. There is also some humor that is almost hard to view as humor, because you're thinking of how awful these people and slavery were back in the day. However, I think Tarantino was creating something of a satire, and you're supposed to find most of the white characters ridiculous (even Tarantino, who has a small role near the end) and root for the black characters (particularly Django and Broomhilda) to find happiness...after enacting revenge, of course.
I am excited that I saw this movie before the Oscars though. I feel like I've seen most of the main films that were nominated now, and that makes watching the awards a bit more interesting.