Friday, June 12

Movie Review: Django Unchained (2012)

Length: 2 hr & 45 mins
Released: 2012
Genre: Action/Adventure, Western, & drama
Rating: R
Where I Got It: Watched on Netflix


Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. 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, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen.....


A classic Taranteno movie. Not a bad storyline with some kick-ass over-the-top fight scenes. Oh yes. This movie screams Taranteno. Which isn't a bad thing, but he can sometimes be too over-the-top, which sometimes can ruin the fight scenes and take away from the story.

Yes, there were so many good fight scenes, but some seemed cheesy and totally unrealistic. The scene that comes to mind is the very last scene. Django shoots someone and they fly in the opposite direction then what would happen in reality. And with the type of gun he uses...they wouldn't have flown that far. Silly. 

Besides for the cheesy and over-the-top scenes, this wasn't bad. The story was good. I loved that Django gets to have his revenge and find his poor wife that was torn away from him. It's actually a really tragic story, but the writing was done in a light way. You don't have time to be much action and kick-assing to go around. Which I liked, because I don't want too much feelings in my action movies sometimes.

I must applaud DiCapro, because I had high doubts of him being a villain. He did good though. He def pulled off that Southern charm. Yes, he was a bad guy, but couldn't help but like him when he wasn't being all racist. Kuddos to him. Also, kuddos to the rest of the cast. Without them the movie would have been utter crap. 

Meh. The ending was okay, but just....meh. It...gah....I don't know how to describe it. It wasn't how I would have ended it. It seemed predictable and just bleh compared to the rest of the movie.

In the end, I highly suggest this for those looking for a Western with a touch of drama and much ass-kicking. The acting was good, the storyline interesting, and some fighting scenes fantastic. There were some waaay over-the-top scenes and the ending was not up-to-par, but I enjoyed myself. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 3 stars. 

Re-watch?: Sure, if it was on TV or on on someone else's TV


Anachronist said...

I has been eyeing this one since its cinema release. Somehow I've never felt a big urge to borrow and watch it. Maybe one day. I like DiCaprio playing evil characters.

Blodeuedd said...

I liked it, but yes a 3

Carole Rae said...

Ana, its def one you should borrow - not buy.

B, agreed.