Django Unchained

Hopping aboard the Quentin Tarantino train often carries a certain burden and expectation. You see, the burden often appears when dealing with his hysterical, complex and down-right ridiculous and suggestive vernacular that some people become instantly offended by. The expectation enters and creates the coupling with the overall screen time of his endeavors, which causes some to display the supreme disrespect, by walking out of the theater. Both cinematic styles obviously attract a certain type of moviegoer, however over the years Tarantino has been perfecting his craft; thus causing more fans to gravitate to his pictures.

In the case of his past films, he’s succeeded quite often, while sometimes the length can pummel the picture directly into the subterranean abyss; amidst the analytical dialogue and witty exchanges. When the combined elements of his pictures come together in harmony, his directorial efforts are hard to match, let alone exceed. The casting choices boost his films with a dynamic nature that is a rarity at best these days. We, as audience members, have played host to his magnificence, with such originals as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds, and the characters that propel these film to greatness, such as Lt. Aldo Raine, Colonel Hans, The Bride, Butch Coolidge, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield.

As the 2012 year draws to a close, Tarantino and The Weinstein Company have brought us a dazzling gem of a film that reinvents the dried-out Spaghetti Western genre, into something big, bold and boisterous. True, the picture can seem a bit too lengthy and drawn out, however the character development, cinematography, set pieces and a vivid three act paradigm make this an instant classic, unlike anything predating it.

Christoph Waltz had his coming-out party as Colonel Hans (Inglourious Basterds), which notably earned him an Oscar nod, however seeing his individualistic and stylistic monologues implemented into a paragon role, is something we’ve all been waiting for. Sure, the renegade is loveable in a dark, twisted and carefree way, but now that he has revealed his portrayal of Dr. King Schultz, it’s unclear which role he’s better at, which speaks to his overall talent bursting at the seams.

It should not go without mentioning Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and of course, Jamie Foxx. DiCaprio’s shining example of a true bias southern slave and plantation owner is remarkable, while ‘Sammy Jacks’ plays off this role as the loyal and all but sullen family butler/caretaker. Together the two lay the groundwork for red lining of the film, which ultimately Jamie Foxx’s Django overcomes and shreds to pieces – a true thing of beauty to behold.

The most interesting and tactful thing about Foxx’s starring role is he simply plays off of the amazing performance of Waltz. There are many moments where Waltz dominates the dialogue, however as the story progresses, it is made clear who the plot is about — Django and Broomhilda, while Waltz assists. Waltz is cementing himself as an actor who boosts the success of his co-stars and even the protagonist, and this is as admirable as it is difficult.

Overall the film was spectacular and will cement itself as an instant classic. The combined efforts of each star will be remembered as one of the best collaborations Tarantino has brought together in his directorial history. The most intriguing aspect of the film will be the lasting impact of the minuscule genre moving forward, and if it will flourish, or remain in the shadows.

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