Thursday, March 31, 2016

Django Unchained (2012)

Academy Awards, USA 2013

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Stacey Sher
Reginald Hudlin
Pilar Savone
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Robert Richardson
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Wylie Stateman

The Weinstein Company
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Anchor Bay)

A German bounty hunter befriends a slave in Texas, then asks him to be his partner. The two of them spend the winter in western mountains where Django, the slave, becomes a master gunslinger. Having promised to reunite him with his wife, they head to Mississippi in the spring. They pretend to be slave buyers in order to gain entrance to the plantation of the man who owns the woman. However, things go sour and a bloodbath ensues. The always entertaining Tarantino doesn't disappoint, but the over-the-top, stylized violence, much of it enhanced with CGI, often resembles a cartoon. As a result, it is impossible to take seriously, and the film devolves into a comical mess that might have worked better as a horror movie than a western.

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