Either you love QT movies or you don’t. He is a very polarizing figure in film. I happen to be a fan. He uses his encyclopedic knowledge of film and music and pulls together brilliantly crafted scripts, soundtracks and shots. The obvious foot fetish aside he has a unique style that shows through in each and every aspect of his movies.
You get to see every one of those styles and levels of brilliance in Django. He broaches the abominable subject of slavery with care. He attempts to show the utter brutality of what was the United States in the mid 1800’s. I say attempts because it is near impossible to capture the horrific nature of the times. QT shows us glimpses, flashes… then he shows us ‘turn your eyes away’ violence between owner and slave. Those moments were prolific and powerful. As for the patented regular violence we have come to expect from Quentin; he doesn’t disappoint. The gun play is done wonderfully. You can tell he is a fan of the western genre.
The story is really one of love with a revenge subplot. Django (Played with the perfect amount of swagger, power, and vulnerability by Jamie Foxx) is trying to find and free his wife and he will go to any lengths and go to any means necessary to accomplish this task. He befriends a bounty hunter (played to perfection by Christoph Waltz) who teaches him the business and helps Django on his quest to find his Brumhilda. In their journey they hatch a plot to free Hildi from her owner (the role was possessed by Leonardo DiCaprio. He really captured the smarmy douchebaggery that the part called for) in which they pretend to be slavers themselves. Their best laid plans are brought down by the man, the myth, the legend, Samuel L. Jackson.
From this point out it is a good old fashioned Quentin Tarantino bloodbath. If you enjoyed the big battle in Kill Bill then you will love this ending shoot out at Candieland. Tarantino’s use of slow motion, Foley sound and music blends perfectly.
The film as a whole Is one of his best efforts. The cinematography throughout both shows the scope of some of the locations they shot at and it also shows the QT intimacy; his love of close up shots. Both are done with a steady eye. Oh and I forgot to mention the humor. The humor is there from start to finish. He has a great balance. Out of all his films this one had to have that balance. With the subject matter at the heart of the film he had to keep the light parts light and the dark parts dark. I don’t believe he went too far one way or the other.
I had the chance to see this movie in the one of the most diverse cities in the world: NYC. From what I could overhear as I was exiting the theater (btw the film got a standing ovation by 95% of the crowd) the slavery aspect was handled quite well. So there is my opinion and thoughts on it. I recommend seeing it. If you can catch it in the theater do it, but it isn’t a must see in a theater movie. This one can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch with a few friends.