The film is about a freed slave (Foxx) who, with the help of a German bounty hunter (Waltz), sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. The film opens with Schultz, disguised as a traveling dentist, “buys” and then promises to free Django in exchange for his help in bringing three outlaws in for a bounty, as Django is the one who can identify them. Schultz decides to teach Django how to be a bounty hunter and promises to split the bounties with him. That is, if Django assists him in hunting down other outlaws throughout the winter. Django says that’s all great and good but Waltz has to agree to help him locate his wife, who is a black slave who speaks German.
They find, through interrogation and such that she is owned by a certain plantation owner named Calvin Candie (played by Leonardi DiCaprio) at his plantation called “Candie Land.” They have to play up parts, that I’m sure would have made any black, former slave sick to their stomachs, like Django being a slave owner himself for slave fights.
The film from the get-go, is non-stop. The violence is over-the-top and (oddly enough) fun. The cinematography and visuals are very vivid as are the special effects. The things to remember while watching this film are: 1) this is Tarantino so it is über violent; 2) it’s not a true western, it’s western fantasy; 3) you have to have awesome suspension of disbelief; 4) to capitalize on #3, realize that not everything you see is going to be possible, but just has to be plausible.
There wasn’t a real slow moment in the film and I found myself saying (or barely getting it out), “whoa” while chortling the whole time. Start to finish it was on. I saw this on Netflix and HIGHLY recommend it. It was a fantastic film. I rate it 5 Stars. Give it a view and let me know what you think of it. Comment on the blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, email, whatever. Just let me know!
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“Mister Candie, normally I would say “Auf wiedersehen,” but since what “auf wiedersehen” actually means is “’till I see you again”, and since I never wish to see you again, to you, sir, I say goodbye.” – Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in Django Unchained (2012)