Summary: “Django Unchained” mixes satire, comedy, action, drama, and violence with the most important of Tarantino’s filmmaking characteristics, his handiness to introduce “unexpected” elements into the narrative.
Conclusion: Tapping into a pre-established legacy within Exploitation Cinema, 'Django Unchained' continues an Italian western tradition where the titular character, played terrifically by Jamie Foxx, issues vengeance and justice in some very brutal ways.
Excerpt: I recently had myself a little Quentin Tarantino movie-viewing spree. And that’s saying quite a lot for someone who has a perpetual pile of “to be reviewed…” Blu-Rays sitting next to the TV. But hey, I’m a movie-lover and so it Mr. Tarantino.
Conclusion: If you love Quentin Tarantino, chances are you will at least like if not outright love Django Unchained . If you're not a fan of Tarantino, there's little doubt you'll be equally unimpressed with this very Tarantino-esque outing.
Excerpt: Quentin Tarantino is without question one of the greatest filmmaker of the modern age. Over 20 years he has helped reinvent the crime genre, thrown traditional structure out the window, and created characters and shepherded performances that will never be forgotten.
Conclusion: Another strong, sparky and bloody entry in the QT canon. Although, creaking under its running time, it’s not quite as uproariously entertaining as his last pseudo-historical adventure, Inglourious Basterds.
Excerpt: Unbridled violence is unleashed in this Spaghetti Western, teetering between comedy and gore. The profanity and blood flow in a celebration of excess, belying the film's racial consciousness and intelligent commentary on a dark period in American history.