Django Unchained Review

The release of Django Unchained was on the night that Belfast broke down completely from snow. Nonetheless, I battled my way down the windy, slush drenched streets of Belfast to the cinema with such fervour, that I had the vague feeling Tarantino should be making a film out of it instead. I joined a crowd of other snow drenched, avid Tarantino fans and we were not disappointed.
Set two years before the Civil War in America, with Django Unchained, Tarantino goes down the same path as he did with his previous film Inglourious Basterds in that, he is remaking history through film in a sense. He produces his own take on history and as you sit watching the film, infused with obligatory shootings and that sharp witted humour, you are aware of how true Tarantino has remained to his own cinematic style. His personality and love of film really comes through during Django Unchained and you can almost tell how much fun he must have had in the making of it. The film follows in the path of Django and German Dr Schultz who travel America, in true Tarantino style, following and killing bad guys to make a living. Django being a freed black slave, he has had a painful past, the scars on his back serving as visible evidence. His true motive throughout the film is to find his wife who is also in slavery and of course this would be no easy battle. Tarantino brings us on a journey filled with hope for Django, who through his newly acquired freedom, becomes a ruthless killer with no fear. Through his epic journey, there are points where all hope is lost yet is turned back round often in a flurry of bullets. The death toll in the course of Django Unchained would most definitely be into double figures and at times it seems that Django and Dr Schultz achieve the impossible, but Tarantino produces it in such an entertaining, edge-of-your-seat manner that plains of true common sense within the film cease to be important. We are brought back the mentality of rooting for the good guy no matter what the cost.
As with all Tarantino films, Django Unchained has an incredible soundtrack, with some songs written for the purpose of the film itself, something which Tarantino hasn’t done before. The audience can see how central the soundtrack is to the shaping of the film with the opening credits of ‘Django’ by Luis Bacalov. There are few films where I am engrossed by the opening credits, Django Unchained however is one of these films.
Django Unchained does not disappoint. But is it everyone’s cup of tea however? That remains to be seen. Many would suggest that the amount of shootings and blood within the film is unneeded. However, Tarantino does not deviate from his classic style and as with any Tarantino film, you must be prepared to accept that: there will be blood. To think otherwise would almost be ludicrous.


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