Bottom Line: A hell-bent, violent, self indulgent, epic, smart, shocking and hilarious piece of revenge cinema that will offend, enliven and entertain any and all fans of the western genre – or anyone who’s up for this kind of frenzied horse play. Quentin Tarantino makes like a lab-coated mad scientist behind the script and camera of his latest directorial effort and in doing so, takes us on another superbly envisioned wild ride with his version of the traditional ‘Spaghetti’ westerns of old. The cast alone demands your attention – but once they start spewing the witty, rhythmic, profanity-laced dialogue of QT – once the words from the page spill out on screen like the thundering hooves of a cattle drive…there ain’t no stopping the lengths they’ll go to satisfyingly entertain! DJANGO is all at once dark, light, gritty, colorful and always carries with it a teasingly playful spirit. This shockingly brutal and brutally funny flick makes for a bloody good time at the movies!
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cristoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL and PULP FICTION)
Running time: 165 minutes
Story: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, 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. 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. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave. -- (C) Weinstein