10 Days of Oscars: Django Unchained

BY: KYLE WIRTH

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Django wasn’t only unchained, but was unleashed! Writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s new film, "Django Unchained" exploded into theaters. Tarantino takes the audience on a wild west adventure where a freed slave named Django Freedman (Jamie Foxx) joins a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in search of Django’s wife, Broomhilda Von Shaft (Kerry Washington). While on their quest, they encounter a cruel, yet charming plantation owner, Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo Dicaprio) and an ironically racist head slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).

Going into the movie, I was very curious how this film was going to develop. But from the very beginning, it didn’t pull any punches. It was full of gun shooting, fists throwing, and dynamite exploding; leaving a very bloody aftermaths!

Despite the endless supply of action, it had some very witty humor to give some ease between each battle scene. Waltz’s character, Dr. Schultz, was extremely cunning and it made any serious scene into a slapstick, comedic experience. Jackson’s character was also amusing because of his ironic, over-the-top, racist hatred against his own race.

Dicaprio was also very impressive job as a southern plantation owner. It was unexpected for him to have such a role, but he pulled it off extremely well, and it showed that he’s a very versatile actor. Of course, the internet jumped on the news that he managed to stay in character even after cutting himself with a piece of glass during one of his memorable scenes.

Even though it was an exciting film, there are also some criticisms. There was a lot blood and gore, even though everyone expects some blood in a Tarantino film. It was just too excessive. The use of the “N-word” was also excessive, but back in that time period it was socially acceptable, so it was more historically accurate.

Nonetheless, the film was thrilling, engaging, and exciting. It explored the sensitive topic of American slavery, and was made into an action-packed masterpiece.

Because of its great action, popular cast, and huge fan base, many people believe that it's a huge contender for the "Best Picture Award” at the Oscars. Personally, I'd love to see that happen. But from an objective view, I think it has too much violence to win everyone’s heart and nomination. Even though it has other great cinematic characteristics to ease the violence, the unrealistic blood and gore may turn a lot off. Besides that though, I'd love to see it when "Best Picture Award" at the Oscars.