Thursday, 24 January 2013

Django Unchained

Directed and Written by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Resevoir Dogs, Kill Bill etc.)
Starring: - Jamie Foxx
               - Christoph Waltz
               - Leonardo DiCaprio
               - Kerry Washington
               - Samuel L Jackson
Cinematography - Robert Richardson
Editor - Fred Raskin
Studio - A Band Apart
Distributor - The Weinstein Company
Budget - $100 million
Box Office - $200 million

Django Unchained is the new film from Quentin Tarantino. Django Unchained is an "epic western" inspired by the Sphagetti Western's of the 60s, most notably Django (1966)and Hercules Unchained(1959). The film follows the story of an ex-slave (Jamie Foxx) who journeys across the Deep South with German bounty hunter Dr King Shultz (Academy award winning Christoph Waltz) to save his wife from the charastmatic plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).
        Quentin Tarantino is famous for his critically successful films and status as a cult icon, having had a massive influence over 90s and contemporary cinema. Recently, he has gained a reputation, along side many other directors (Christopher Nolan), for being against digital film. He doesn't see the point in it and claims it is just "TV in public", what that means, I'm not entirely sure , but as a great director he has gained a very large ego.
        However, he is allowed to have a big ego. His new film Django Unchained is another masterpiece in cinematic entertainment, it is daring, bold and bloody. The cinematography and directing is brilliant and the screenplay is beyond that. (Tarantino knew how to write good screenplays since the 80s and hasn't lost his talent) The characters are all interesting and believable and the performances given by the actors were all fantastic. The supporting cast were superb, some of the most tense and engaging scenes in the movie wouldn't be possible without the devotion of these actors. The gore and violence was entertaining and shocking, you laugh when tarantino wants you to laugh and you cringe when he wants you to cringe. The violence is shocking, but used at all the right times.
      The film shows it origins in Sphagettit Western's through the epic set pieces and clever use of the camera's lenses to pay homage to the cinematic style of the 60s. Then Quentin Tarantino's signature style of over the top violence and captivating dialogue is put into the mix to create a truly great film.

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