Enthusiasm Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained finally opens in German cinemas this Thursday. In the US it already opened before Christmas, securing a Golden Globe trophy and multiple Oscar nominations…

After Tarantino reckoned with Nazi-Germany in his 2009 film Inglorious Basterds, he now holds a mirror up to America. Slavery, the horrific oppression and exploitation of millions of blacks up to the 19th century, is his topic.

But it wouldn’t be a Tarantino film if he didn’t go at it with humor, twisting it to becoming an enormously entertaining endeavour.

Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a bounty hunter. He chases bandits the government is looking for, quickly kills them to receive the reward on their extradition – “dead or alive”. When he looks for the Brittle Brothers he needs Djangos (Jamie Foxx) help, because only he knows what they look like. Thus Dr. King Schultz frees the “Nigger” from slavery and makes him his partner of course shocking, provoking and confusing everyone. To later free Djangos wife Broomhilda from the clutches of her “owner” the two gentlemen work out a risky plan…

It’s clear from the beginning that this film will become bloody at one point. It starts with beating, whipping and shooting, but the finale – of course – takes it up a notch. This movie is not for people who don’t like seeing blood splash or hearing bones break, but I suppose everyone knows this will occur in a Tarantino film. For all those that can handle the brutality of his films though, Django Unchained is an absolute feast!

Only ten minutes into the film I was at the edge of my seat, alert, riveted by and thrilled about this work. Especially Christoph Waltz and his Dr. King Schultz are a joy to watch! Leonoardo DiCaprio as the landowner is so authentic it send chills down ones spine.

The story is crazy and entertaining, the characters are a mad mix of people, the soundtrack is amazing. In brief: this movie is a must-see!

So off to the cinema with you, the great piece is showing from Thursday on.

Django Unchained (D: Quentin Tarantino, USA 2012)

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