Django Unchained: Tarantino brings the Old West back to life
As a big fan of westerns it seems as if the likes of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood managed to clasp my attention from an early age, so whenever a new one comes out I am ready for that familiar feel with panoramic views and those violent scenarios that cowboys get themselves into. Westerns are not for everyone but just looking at the Django Unchained cast is enticing enough to give this film a chance and I am glad I did.
On a personal note, the last decent western I have seen in recent years was the remake of True Grit, and not being a big fan of John Wayne this take of an old favourite was surprisingly good, although fans of the original may not agree.
Django Unchained brings back the old spaghetti western feel with a story revolving around the slave trade and this is where Quentin Tarantino shows us how much attention he has paid to some of those old classics by recreating that western feel with a background of violence, shootouts, racism and bit of humour here and there.
With actors like DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson involved many movie goers will be attracted by their appearance alone while the likes of Jamie Foxx as Django is also a great talent, but the character who stood out for me the most was Christoph Waltz who played German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. His roles in movies like Inglorious Basterds and Water for Elephants remind us he is a fine actor, but I must say he stole the show for me in this.
His acting was superb and Tarantino seems to have made the most of his part, as some of his dialogue and the manner he delivered it was not only refreshing but captivating. Without divulging any spoilers it was nice to see Franco Nero making an appearance and western fans will probably remember him in some of the original Django films.
This is where Tarantino has weighed up what fans want from a western and the Django Unchained soundtrack was also enjoyable containing a variety of music genres with the familiar sound of Ennio Morricone and Johnny Cash to John Legend and a bit of unexpected hip-hop.
In an review on Cinema Blend they highlight Tarantino as one of the greatest filmmakers of modern times and Django Unchained shows his stamp of action violence, humour and amazing dialogue whilst keeping within that familiar feel expected from a western.
Playing a small part himself as an Aussie, Quentin Tarantino is part of the LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. employees and although we love to see him make an appearance his role seemed like another strange decision to include himself once again, much like a child with a ball who feels he should be included in the team regardless of his abilities.
Overall the cast were brilliant with DiCaprio proving why he should be put in the same bracket as De Niro and Brando, while Samuel L. Jackson shows he can still shout out his lines to effect, playing Steven the Uncle Tom who is miffed by Django’s arrival on horseback.
Watching this with someone who normally finds westerns boring it was nice to see that within 5 minutes they were captivated, this to me is also the mark of a good film, and if your mind is set that you don’t like westerns we recommend that you give this a go. It restored my faith in westerns.