Jul 25, 2014

'Django Unchained' is Outrageously Entertaining

Director Quentin Tarantino pays tribute to the Spaghetti Western, and it's shoot 'em up, rootin' tootin' fun!

'Django Unchained' is Outrageously Entertaining

It's funny, offbeat, and brutal.

Based in the American South during the times of slavery, Jamie Foxx straps on a six-shooter or two, some cowboys boots and hat in "Django Unchained."

Foxx's Django character is taken by a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz. First they set out to get a few outlaws. Then they set their sites on getting Django's wife, Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. But wrangling her tough guy owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, isn't so easy.

As to be expected, the movie has great dialogue, is funny and fine performances are turned in by all. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a minor role, is a big standout, in my opinion.

The film never loses site of the horrors of slavery and even though it uses the "n-word" a few times, it is a Quentin Tarantino movie – you have to expect that.

The flick-o-meter gives "Django Unchained" a five out of five. It's two hours and forty minutes and, at times, it does feel a bit long.

Film director Spike Lee has gone on record saying the film is disrespecful to his ancestors by reducing slavery to a Spaghetti Western, even refusing to see it. Now even more people are going to see it because of that...go figure.

Spike, you and Tarantino are both artists. I may not be the best person to make this judgment, because I'm white, but "Django Unchained" doesn't feel disrepectful to the memory of slavery, even though it falls short of capturing it. That being said, I love Tarantino movies and I highly recommend it.

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