2012 has been a super awesome year for Movie Lovers – Brilliant movies made this year across languages and I have never anticipated any movie more than the 2 movies released this eyar – Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” Saga and Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”…
GoW was my favourite Bollywood Movie of 2012 for so many reasons…more about that in my detailed review here:http://cheguevaraontheroad.blogspot.com/2012/07/gangs-of-wasseypur-my-review-hazraat.html
And then came Django Unchained…since the time it was announced I had been waiting for it like mad! The Tarantino fan in me just couldn’t wait! Having watched all his movies released so far it was quite obvious – he is by far my favourite Hollywood Director and his movies are quirky, outrageous and absolutely brilliant! The release date was 25-Dec-12 but we couldn’t watch it that day as that was only a North America release date…here in Kuwait it was releasing on 17-Jan-13…but thanks to FB and Shashank Mishra in particular I got to know that the SCRNR Print was out so DLed it that very same day and decided to get immersed…
But this movie surely deserves a Big Screen viewing as well so went to watch it with Bandita & Tripathi on Friday 17-Jan-13 and got mesmerized…all over again!
This is not just a movie…it is a spectacle – which runs for 165 minutes long and you wish if it was longer as the artistic poetry is so enjoyable that you never realize that almost 3 hours have passed! And believe me these were the best 165 minutes of my cinematic experience…EVER!
Right from the casting, screenplay, background score, Original Soundtrack, set design, cinematography, editing and even the minutest of the details, everything about this movie has a spellbinding effect!
One of the most stylish movies I have watched; each character is stylish in his/her own way right to the Horse! The one-liners make the effect of the scenes even better and you are left laughing like mad (atleast I was!)…Blood-spill isn’t good but then in a Tarantino movie it is a way of life and in DU he makes it even more dramatic!
The movie is crazily entertaining in Tarantino's own brazenly irresponsible style and would leave you gasping for more...I have already watched it twice within a matter of 7 days and know many of my fellow Movie-lovers who have had multiple viewings already!
And now my detailed views…
I would start with the casting…
Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman
Oppressed, romantic, muscular, stylish and so effective! Never loses a chance to use a dialogue-retort! And keep coming up with smashing one-liners all through-out…even though he is the title character but his role is clearly overshadowed by other characters…reminds me so much of our Bollywood Movie Satya where similarly the title character was overshadowed by Manoj Bajpai playing Bhikhu Mhatre!
Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz
By far the most brilliant character & performance of the movie! His dialogue delivery is stuff legends are made of…right from the starting scene till his last one he oozes with confidence, mischief and spectacular histrionics! I loved his Molar Tooth Horse Carriage the most and also his horse “Fritz” – stylish in his own sense! A very funny take on the horse - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ryan/django-unchained-fritz-the-horse_b_2397755.html
Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin J. Candie
Wicked, cunning and ruthless! But funny at times…specially his one-liners! His evil side is all-too visible and his performance is really awesome too…One of the best actors of his generation and it is sad he missed out on getting any award nominations for his role!
Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Shaft
The reason for all the mess, murders and bloodshed as I see it! Looked really hot in some of the scenes! And the way she collapsed on seeing Django was superb…the way the water pours from the glass she is holding and then the sideway fall!
Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen
One of the top favourites of Tarantino; it was sad not to see him in “Inglorious Basterds” but he is back and how! Dialogue Delivery is nothing but the best and specially the way he gets shocked! At his cunning best he delivers a very nice performance…
Walton Goggins as Billy Crash
The most prominent sidekicks of Candie and the way Django mocks him is hilarious!
“Django: You better listen to your boss, white boy.
Billy Crash: Oh, I'ma go walkin' in the moonlight with you.
Django: You wanna hold my hand?”
Don Johnson as Spencer 'Big Daddy' Bennett
Big Daddy in a short yet effective role! Tries his best to upstage Dr. Schultz but fails woefully and dies a one-shot death! “
M. C. Gainey as Big John Brittle
I loved the way he died! Enough said…
Franco Nero as Amerigo Vassepi
The original Django and Tarantino pays his tribute to the original in his own style! I watched this movie some days back and found it quite impressive!
Blood & Gore
Tarantino is known for this particular style – we have seen it all in his past movies from Kill Bill to IB he never fails to show blood spilling all over the place and DU is no different! This time it gets even better in my opinion!
The Original Soundtrack
Brilliant is the word and a must-listen OST…I love all the instrumental and the songs…my favourites being Anthony Hamilton’s “Freedom”, Rick Ross’ “100 Black Coffins” and Jim Croce’s “I got a Name”…the instrumental “The Braying Mule” of Ennio Morricone is smashingly awesome…go and get this album folks and I am sure you won’t be disappointed!
I would let the photographs do the talking and to get the real essence – go watch the movie!
Big Thanks to Tarantino for his vision is extraordinary and his attention-to-detail can out anybody to shame! I love his style of moviemaking and am sure his next one would be equally awesome and worth the wait!
The movie won 2 Golden Globe Awards and is slated to win atleast 2 in the upcoming Oscar Awards too! Though I am sad that LDC didn’t get a single nomination – he absolutely deserved it! Let us see when he would get that coveted Oscar Award!
In the end all I can say is that get splattered with this Tarantino magic and you would enjoy this exhilarating cinematic ride called Django Unchained positively! You would understand and relate to the word “positive” much more after you watch the movie ;)
So till the time we meet again……..
Cheers to life…
Till then ride safe and have safe sex…
Hasta la Victoria Siempre…