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Review: Django Rockets Tarantino To New Heights

It has been 20 years since the world was first introduced to Quentin Tarantino. A little indie movie called Reservoir Dogs helped to make Tarantino a cult hero. A wider known Pulp Fiction helped to make Tarantino a household name. With Django Unchained, Tarantino makes the giant leap from cult director to Hollywood legend. 

Django

is the story of a German bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz and a slave with a flair for the dramatic, played by Jamie Foxx. The unlikely friendship leads to nearly three hours of blood, guts and more blood. What else did you expect from a Tarantino movie?

The last time Waltz portrayed a character molded in the mind of Quentin Tarantino, he won an Academy Award as a Nazi officer in Inglorious Basterds. Waltz will have another shot at an Oscar run in February giving one of the best performances of 2012.

Not to be outdone, Jamie Foxx was equally excellent. While Waltz carried the movies witty dialogue, Foxx was the hero, acting as much through small nuances as through his amazing one-liners and intense action sequences.

Two other performances were above and beyond. Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed a plantation owner in Mississippi who dabbled in slave fighting and whore housing. This role was another notch in the belt of an actor who is quickly becoming one of Americas most celebrated stars.

Samuel L. Jackson provided the other outstanding performance. Django showed a side of Jackson that Hollywood has never seen. He was a vulgar old man with a take no prisoners attitude. His previous work with Tarantino was clearly a major contributor to this characters success.

Finally we arrive back at Tarantino. Inglorious Basterds started the trend that was carried forward by Django Unchained. Tarantino now sits in a class of directors reserved for Hollywood elite. A mastery of both indie and mainstream film, has guaranteed Tarantino a seat amongst the all time greats.

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  • Comment by Evan Hodge posted January 03, 2013 at 16:29

    Why is he guaranteed this “seat”? What merit is there is ANY of his work? If your head is a comic book world, I can understand, But you need to set a wider view of what CINEMA is. This man makes human cartoons, devoid of any other substance. It’s like saying real warfare is an art form.