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Django Unbound Unfettered Unchained

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Whether you love Quentin Tarantino or you hate him, you can’t deny that he is one of the few living original storytellers for the cinematic medium. For that fact alone, Django Unchained stands apart from its Hollywood brethren of adaptations, remakes, and reboots.

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Also, Jamie Foxx in electric blue.

There is a certain rawness to Tarantino’s style, like someone who learned filmmaking from watching a lot of films (which he did, by the way). Tarantino also loves paying homage to his predecessors, casting Franco Nero in a cameo, as tribute to the 1966 film Django which, despite the similar title, is a totally different film.

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This one's got a man being mauled to death by dogs.

The film takes place in 1858, two years after the American Civil War (pardon my history, I’m not American). Of course, the period locales and exotic costumes are a given, but what sets it apart is the gratuitous use of the “N” word. It’s either historical accuracy, or a blatant excuse for racial slurs. Your choice.

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"You're welcome."

Kerry Washington stars as the German-speaking slave Broomhilda, although shoot me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty certain her name should be spelled “Brunhilde”. Her onscreen husband is the main character Django, played by Jamie Foxx, spectacular as usual. But the show stealers are of course Christoph Waltz with his funny syntax and his recent Golden Globe, and Monsieur Leonardo DiCaprio as the twisted n-word-slinging slave trader Calvin Candie. And of course let us not forget Samuel L. Jackson, with a performance so effective you’d just love to cock a shotgun and shoot him dead.

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Don't you just hate that face?

Django Unchained. USA. 2012.

Original rating: 8.0 / 10
Blood and gore: + 0.05
Jonah Hill's cameo: + 0.05
Christoph Waltz's performance: + 0.2
Final rating: 8.3 / 10

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