MikeyB's Movie Night: Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained (2012) - Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: MikeyB
Edited by: Tarock

 I've always had a love/hate relationship with Quentin Tarantino. On one hand I've always admired that he never makes movies for anyone other than himself and genuinely loves and respects the art form, but on the other hand I haven't always enjoyed the films he ends up making. I ended up skipping the film that preceded "Django" on its initial theatrical run, but gave it a chance when it was released to the home market. The film I foolishly skipped was none other than Inglorious Basterds, and after finally watching it absolutely loved it and kicked myself for not seeing it sooner. Tarantino now has a new film out, but will I love it or hate it? Lets dive right in and find out.

 The story is a very simple one: Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who, on his way from auction, is picked up by bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who needs him to help identify and hunt down three brothers from Django’s old plantation. The duo soon become friends and after hearing Django's wife has been sold to an unknown plantation, Schultz suggests they partner up and rescue her.

So the big question is: does Django Unchained fall in to my love or hate category? I am pleased to report that it falls squarely into my love section and is possibly my favorite of all the films Tarantino has made. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz have wonderful chemistry together and Leonardo DiCaprio has a great turn as the scumbag plantation owner that bought Django's wife. Tarantino's trademark dialog is here, but is nicely restrained and never feels long winded or out of place. My only complaint with the film is that I did not see it sooner so I was not able include it in my top five of 2012.
Fun Facts from IMDB for Django Unchained:
Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django. Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith's agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. Tarantino then offered the part to Jamie Foxx, who accepted.
Django's blue costume is based on the famous painting "The Blue Boy". This painting inspired F.W. Murnau's film "The Boy in Blue". F.W. Murnau is best known for creating the "Unchained" camera technique.
After an accident in training where Christoph Waltz was thrown off his horse and broke his pelvis, Jamie Foxx gave him a gift to make him feel better about riding a horse: a saddle with a seat belt.