Sunday, January 25, 2015

Django Unchained (2012)

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Undoubtedly, another showcase of Tarantino's expertise, well scripted and executed with many cinematic allusions, at first slow-paced and only slowly gaining momentum, but the climax is drawn out much too long and is (need I say?) far too violent.

Maltin**1/2: "Another "historical" revenge fantasy from Tarantino, filtered through a variety of film tropes in the mold of INGLOURIOUS BASTARDS. This has some outrageously entertaining (not to mention violent) sequences and an overall exuberance, but never quite coheres and is also fatally overlong, diluting its impact and often-challenging ideas. Extremely well made, with an appropriately eclectic soundtrack that leans heavily on Ennio Morricone."

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