: Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cool homage to the spaghetti western, totally Tarantino, and a lot of fun. The story is simple enough, about a slave that is taken on as an apprentice bounty hunter and finds his calling (Pay him to kill white people? He’s in!), and sets off to rescue his slave wife who’s been sold to an evil plantation owner.
But the real meat in this is all the wonderful characters, from delicious bad guys to cool good guys. All the performances are fantastic, as the all-star cast delivers. Christoph Waltz is amazing as always, but he’s strong supported by Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Of course since it’s Tarantino, everything’s over-the-top, with plenty of absurd shoot-em-ups and spurting blood, but that’s the joy in it. In any other movie scenes like the Klan members arguing about how they can’t see through their hoods would be out-of-place and fall flat, but here it’s just classic.
Long, but doesn’t feel like it at all. The pacing is just perfect, like savoring a delicious meal. Wonderful.