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Film: Wide Release

Django Unchained


Dec 25, 2012 – Mar 3, 2013



Various locations




Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's super director Quentin Tarantino swooping into theaters with his most daring film to-date: a slavery-themed spaghetti western featuring some of the most despicable characters ever imagined. Gestating in the filmmaker's cerebrum for roughly a decade, Django Unchained is set in the deep South two years before the Civil War. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave who is granted freedom by a bounty hunter named Dr. Schultz, in return for IDing a ruthless band of killers, the Brittle Brothers. After some successful slayings, the two strike a deal the involves a winter of criminal pursuit followed by a search for Django's wife, a beautiful German-speaking slave he was separated from months earlier. Shooting through controversial subject matter, Tarantino's main objective remains creating something entertaining, and on that tenet, the film delivers in spades. It's a love story with action, adventure, comedy, drama, and suspense. Opening with a homage to Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western, Django, Tarantino's cinematic escapade serves up a slew of cameos, including one by Django star Franco Nero, as well as standout performances by Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. And we don't want to forget to mention the comic book — it's glossy and made from the first draft of the entire script, even the bits dropped from the film. A must for Tarantinoheads.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill