DJANGO: UNCHAINED Review

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By Rakesh Singh-Gola

Quentin Tarantino partners up with Jamie Foxx on his new blockbuster film Django: Unchained. Set in 1858, Texas, it is Western themed with glorifying bloodied scenes and a controversial amount of racial abuse, with the somewhat exploitation of the ‘n’ word. This film compares to no other, though it may be just as, if not more gory than Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds.

The movie focuses on Django, a slave (played by Jamie Foxx), who is ‘rescued’ by Dr.King E Schultz, a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Django accompanies Dr.Schultz to retrieve his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) back from a slave owner (Leonardo Di Caprio), and of course the film features Samuel. L Jackson, with this being his fifth appearance in a Tarantino-directed film.

The film is set to captivate audiences and sees remarkable performances from all four lead actors. In particular Chrisoph Waltz, who encapsulates every scene in his role, adding a comedic tone to the film. The film has already been Oscar-nominated for Best Picture.

Denise Ribiero, 26, Retail worker from Muswill Hill said: “The film dragged a little, but overall me and my boyfriend liked it. My favourite actor was Jamie Foxx. I felt he played the role really well, changing from being a musician [to an actor] is not an easy thing to do.”

 

The flick depicts white-folk of several towns’ views that Django, being of black origin, should not be mounted upon a horse. Tarantino decided to use the Ku Klux Klan in a comedic light, which may be seen as a major misrepresentation to the viewer and could have given a deceitful interpretation of what the organisation actually represented during this era.

 

Perhaps another downfall of this wildly anticipated film is the length; be warned that it lasts for a long 165 minutes, within which viewers may feel the motion picture drags a little in specific scenes.

 

Thomas Gilland, 32, Estate agent from Holloway said: “I just came out to watch Django and I’d say it is a film to watch in cinema, but I found the racial terms were being over-used in the film. I don’t believe they needed to use the ‘n’ word that many times for the audience to understand the message that the director was trying to deliver.”

 

In a few scenes Django wears a Royal Blue valet uniform which gives the audience an understanding of his status as an outcast. One of the most notable quotes and possibly the most important throughout the film, given that it is the title, is “It’s said as Jango. The D is silent”.

 

The soundtracks to the film are made up of a mixture of genres. The obvious western whistle blowing appears numerously throughout the film. There is also an element of rap/r&b songs featured, which add a modern twist to the musical notes of the film, appealing to maybe the younger audience.

The six-time Grammy nominated Frank Ocean originally produced a sound track for Django called ‘Wiseman’, but sadly this did not make the final cut, which may be a slight let-down for his fans. Tarantino commented, and said “Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it.” Despite some initial disappointment, Frank Ocean later then posted on his Tumblr page, labeling the film as “dope”.

 

This film has been given a 4 out of 5 star rating and is not one to be missed. You can catch it now at the Odeon cinema on Holloway Road or at most other cinemas throughout the borough of Islington.

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