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Review: django unchained

A huge part of being a student is working with the funds you have and still being able to have a good time.
Since starting college, I’ve found that I’ve less money to spend on popcorn and seeing the newest releases in the cinema. Instead, I took to using Netflix and I stumbled up Django Unchained.
The film was released in 2012 and I had been meaning to see it for a while. I didn’t know what I was in for; what an eccentric film Django Unchained is.
It’s quirky, violent, controversial and yet is recognisably the work of Quentin Tarantino. The film won two Academy Awards.
The cast is made up of internationally famous actors, and director Quentin Tarantino plays a character in the film.
Jamie Foxx plays Django, the main character, a freed slave. Christopher Waltz stars as an eccentric German but English speaking bounty hunter.
The beautiful Kerry Washington plays Django’s wife Broomhilda, who remains a slave for a cruel plantation owner played by the ever recognisable Leonardo di Caprio and Samuel L. Jackson plays a sneaky house slave named Stephen.
Django is freed by Dr King Schultz, a German bounty hunter. Schultz trains Django to shoot accurately and treats him well. The pair travel through America, hunting down and killing the people on Schultz’s list.
In reward for Django’s service in locating some of those wanted for their crimes, Schultz vows to reunite Django with his wife who is working as a slave in harsh conditions on a cotton plantation owned by Candie (DiCaprio). The film is fast paced, bloody, witty and emotional in scenes.
Even though the film is a fictional screenplay, Django Unchained has elements of truth and historical fact. The film is set in North American in the south, and I particularly enjoyed listening to the intense southern accents.
No doubt the violence towards the African-American slaves shown on screen showed the viewer the harsh reality of what these people went through in the past – it was harrowing to watch.
Despite really enjoying this film, there were controversial scenes that I found disturbing to sit through.
I suppose the realism in the film was intentional. The music was unique, particularly the main theme song called “Django”.
All in all, the film gives the viewer a sad, but important insight into the cruelty of slavery and shows us the lengths that humans will go to be reunited with the person that they love.