Django Unchained was directed by Quentin Tarantino, and stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Django Unchained was a very Tarantino western, but not in the same way as The Hateful 8. I felt this was almost a parody of the western.
This was a story about retribution told in a bit of a comedic way, and for that I enjoyed it a lot. The cuts and zooms on characters’ faces, some cheesy lines; it’s fun, but in some scenes it gets to the point where I felt it didn’t work. For example, when Dr. Schultz shoots Monsieur Candie, turns around, and says to Django, “I just couldn’t resist,” I feel like that didn’t make a lot of sense. I was expecting something more serious and a bit more emotionally resonant, like “Auf wiedersehen, Django,” (because there’s also the fact that that’s what they were just discussing the meaning of).
The characters are great and, of course, very well acted. Jamie Foxx is great as Django, Christoph Waltz is amazing as Dr. Schultz, and this is another perfect role for DiCaprio.
The action sequences towards the end were well done and satisfying. From the moment Dr. Schultz refuses to shake Monsieur Candie’s hand onward, I was in for a ride. Tension built into a flurry of bullets, and it was amazing.
Riz Ortolani did an amazing job with the score. The soundtrack was very good as well, with the exception of one rap part around the hour mark that I thought was very out of place.
Thank you @willhsamuel for the recommendation.