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Tarantino Impresses Once More in ‘Django Unchained’

by Joe Suszczynski

Since his release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992, Quentin Tarantino has risen into becoming an A-list director. Some of his other famous works include academy awarding winning Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill series. Some of his film trademarks are the gratuitous use of gore and heavily emphasized dialogue.

Recently, he has directed the movie Django Unchained. The story takes place during pre-Civil War about a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), who is freed by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). The bounty hunter promises to rescue Django’s wife (Kerry Washington) who is owned by cruel slave owner Calvin Candie (Leo DiCaprio).

It’s  difficult to find words to describe this movie due to it’s credibility. The performances by all the actors and actresses were phenomenal. Foxx does a stellar job as playing the lead character. Christoph Waltz and Leo DiCaprio are considerable supporting characters. Tarantino has a knack of casting the right actors with the right roles. Waltz and DiCaprio are already nominated for Golden Globe awards for best supporting actors.

Tarantino’s directing skills just keep getting better as he directs this movie with great competence. He captures the gritty emotions of the characters and the gruesomeness of the slave holders in the movie. And no Tarantino movie comes without its fair share of gore with blood and guts at almost every turn.

The writing aspect of this movie is another Tarantino strong suit as he is able to pen a fantastic script. He writes the most compelling dialogue and has a great sense of storytelling. The plot has twists and turns and given this movie is two hours and forty-five minutes, it has terrific pacing. He is a dynamic director.

Despite being released on Christmas, Django Unchained is one of the best movies of 2012. Tarantino is also nominated for Golden Globes in directing and screenplay writing with the movie itself being nominated for best drama motion picture. This movie will be nominated for Academy awards. Tarantino has shown to be a great director and has always put out great movies that give me hope in Hollywood. I recommend seeing this movie; the price is well worth it.