4.5 out of 5
One thing I dislike about Taiwan is that sometimes it takes a long time for a film to be released here. Coming from Indonesia, well, Southeast Asia in general, films are released much sooner than the Hollywood release to avoid piracy. My friends in Southeast Asia have watched Django Unchained at least 2 weeks before it premiered in Taiwan last night on February 27th.
Like all of Tarantino’s films Django was worth the wait. There are only a handful of directors out there in Hollywood who are proudly relying on original scripts; Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are 2 examples. Django is Tarantino’s homage to the spaghetti western genre. It has all of the spaghetti western characteristics added with Tarantino’s indigenous style; blood (lots of them), gore, and awesome dialogues. Django tackles the issue of slavery . But unlike Amistad, Glory, or Root, Django is served with stone cold vengeance. Something that Tarantino excels at.
Cristoph Waltz is charming as Dr. King Schultz, a dentist turned bounty hunter with fabulous wit. Leonardo DiCaprio is pleasingly despicable as the odious Calvin Candie. His character is truly a lowlife scum that perhaps is DiCaprio’s best acting so far. Jamie Foxx is shining as Django. We can see his nervousness and curiosity when he is first freed by Dr. Schultz. Soon the nervousness is replaced by aggressiveness and later grown into tactical thinking.
The humour is also very entertaining. Kudos to Don Johnson, Jonah Hill and their fellow bagmen who provide unexpected fun. Tarantino also plays a cameo in which his character meets an ending as one of my good friends says “suitable for one of Power Rangers’ enemies.”