By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

Being a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s previous work I was looking forward to seeing this film and it did not disappoint.  With the help of his mentor Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a slave-turned-bounty hunter named Django (Jamie Foxx) sets out to save his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Make no mistake, this film is extremely violent but as with most Tarantino films it is taken to an art form.  Don’t get me wrong, I abhor violence and usually don’t like watching it either.  I won’t even go to see horror and chop them up films because I will not watch that kind of violence.  The difference here is that the violence has its place in this story and there is an added element of humor to it all and that is why I will go see these kinds of films.  The goal is not to show how violent and grotesque they can get because they simply kill with purpose.  I also enjoy how Tarantino often adds an element of the ridiculous by using stunts that simply wouldn’t happen in real life.  I guess that is also why I like his films.

Foxx is the perfect choice for the role of Django because he is able to convincingly portray a slave and then switch to a strong willed bounty hunter looking for his next target.  Equally as good is Christoph Waltz.  I loved how his character interacted with townsfolk after he shot and killed his bounty.  He quickly convinces everyone involved that he is working for the government out to collect a bounty and any harm that comes to him will be dealt with; wonderful.  I kept asking myself where I had seen him before and later remembered he was the abusive husband in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.  As to be expected there are appearances by most of the actors in Tarantino’s previous films which is entertaining because you remember their previous roles.

This film is a fun ride and well worth seeing on the big screen.  I believe this will easily be added to the list of excellent work from Tarantino and I look forward to more in the future.

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