Becky and I went to see the new movie Django Unchained at the AMC theaters in Castle Rock, CO a few weeks ago. I have held off on writing a review because I had mixed emotions about this one. The Fandango website at Django Unchained describes the movie as follows…
“Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago...”
The Review: Django Unchained is the latest film by Quentin Tarantino starring Jamie Fox, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio about a slave turned bounty hunter just before the Civil War in the South. It’s a brutal movie about the Wild West, the Wild South and the wickedness of men toward their fellow man during the evil period of slavery in America. It’s very disturbing and not your “feel good” movie by any stretch.
Django is an extremely violent film and it’s a stark contrast to Lincoln that also showed the brutality of war and slavery, but Lincoln was actually done in good taste. This movie is really disturbing. I totally get that there were slave owners who were wicked individuals, but I had a hard time being “entertained” by this movie. Leonardo DiCaprio was amazing in this film and was believable as a man who was more of a beast than human. It reminded me of like something you would see in a movie like SAW or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which they just released again?), where you watch demonic men tormenting their fellow man for pleasure. There are scenes in this film of men being torn apart by dogs by their property owner and being forced to fight to the death with one another and their eyes gouged out and skulls being smashed in with a hammer. I’m sorry, but that’s not entertainment to me. It’s extremely sick and twisted and could have been done better I thought.
This movie is getting rave reviews and Becky liked it much more than I did. She thought it was Worth The Trip and I just thought it was too disturbing. It’s definitely a movie I would never watch a second time nor did I like it very much the first time. It tried to have a “feel good” ending, but I don’t know how you could “feel good” after watching this movie. I will give credit where it’s due and say that the acting in this movie is incredible by everyone involved. It’s Quentin Tarantino though, who’s claim to fame is graphic violence and there is plenty of that in this movie. I don’t think there was anyone who wasn’t a killer in this film, except for the slaves in chains.
I’m going to give this movie a rating of Rental, but you may like it or you may want to skip it. It’s one of those films that is all over the place depending on who’s seeing it, so you have been forewarned.
John – ** Rental
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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