Remarkable performances in Django Unchained

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, Django Unchained has received five Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture and is sure to receive several Oscar nominations as well.

If you like westerns and you can overlook the excessive blood and gore that earned this film its 18A rating, there is a decent Western underneath all that muck. Django is tentatively scheduled to arrived in Lacombe on Jan. 11 so you may not have to travel far to see him.  

Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave that is purchased by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) as Django can identify three men that that Schultz is seeking. Turns out that Schultz is a bounty hunter and he teaches Django his trade. Django is a natural and is very efficent at killing white folks for money, however, he yearns to rescue his lovely Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Django convinces Schultz to help him rescue Broomhilda from a ruthless plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Django Unchained is a nice combination for me, as I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino films as well as a fan of Westerns. As such, I was keen to see this film and overall, I was not disappointed. There is an interesting storyline and Tarantino has earned a Golden Globe nomination for his screenplay.

There are some remarkable performances and Foxx, DiCaprio, and Waltz, as well as Samuel L Jackson, have received awards, or nominations, for their performances. Waltz became known to North Americans from his Oscar winning performance in another Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds and once again may be Oscar bound.

Having seen a lot of Tarantino films, I know that buckets of blood is part of the package, but there were times in Django Unchained when I thought was all the blood and guts really necessary and would a pre-civil war handgun really cause some much carnage?

Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.

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