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Published on December 26th, 2012 | by thevyne

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Vyne Movie Review: Django Unchained

By Keesha B.

Apart from all the real, wonderful and meaningful reasons for the season, Christmas is also the time of the year when my family and I hit up Fandango and agree on what cinematic adventure we’ll go on together. This holiday was no different as we decided on seeing the much publicized and highly anticipated new Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. I’m glad I didn’t waste time buying popcorn or anything else “spill-able” because this movie had me violently flinching and on the edge of my seat for two and half hours…and I mean that in a good way.

If you’re a fan of Tarantino’s films (or at the very least familiar with his style of film making) then the gratuitous violence will be of no surprise to you. What may, however, be a surprise to you is how scarily accurate his portrayals of the ugliness of slavery are. You may also be surprised at how effortlessly and oddly appropriate the placement of humor is in this film and how one minute you’re flinching from watching someone get blown to bits and the next minute you’re shaking with laughter at the off color, sometimes subtle, funny moments throughout the film.

Tarantino held up his end of the bargain from a directorial standpoint and the all-star cast did not disappoint… Jamie Foxx’s portrayal of gun slinging, bare back riding, bounty hunter Django was captivating and fortified the film from beginning to end. Christoph Waltz as Dr. Schultz played the subtleties and nuances of Tarantino’s writing with expert ease. Kerry Washington plays Django’s wife Broomhilda, and the artistry behind her facial expressions is matched only by the amazingly delicate delivery of her handful of lines in the film. When Leonardo DiCaprio first appeared on screen, I wasn’t sure he could get me to look past his handsome face and take him seriously as a ruthless plantation owner but after only a few minutes into his first scene the “handsome” was gone and the talented intensity that is Leo is all that was left. Finally, Samuel L. Jackson played the part of Stephen like only he could. He was brash, cunningly smart and wickedly evil.

It’s only been a few hours since I viewed this film and I’m still thinking about it. Props to Quentin Tarantino for having the courage to take on this dissonant and jarring topic in a way that masterfully weaves authenticity with creative license, humor with satire, love with loss. I’m giving this one 4 out of 4 berries on The Vyne. Check it out and let us know what you thought!

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