A look at Django Unchained, possible movie of the year
Superbly penned dialogues, mindless violence with music to make it seem almost comical, nonlinear screenplay, racist remarks, distinctive combinations of several older styles of film making (spaghetti western, grindhouse, kung fu etc.) are some of the things that have made Quentin Tarantino one of the people defining contemporary cinema. Having drawn inspiration from the likes of Sergio Leone, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Corbucci and several others, he has blended different styles of cinema to create a distinct style that can be identified to him. His most recent, highly anticipated movie, Django Unchained, has been creating waves throughout the build-up to its release, and has more than lived up to the hype, with an IMDb rating that has steadily been rising, standing at a staggering 8.8/10 as of 31/12/2012.
The screenplay was released a few weeks back, and the website is a very interactive one, with lots of infographics and facts about the film in the form of trivia. We can also unlock the first edition of the Django Unchained comic series. Starring Leonardo Di Caprio in a villainous role is something we all look forward to. The movie is set in pre-civil war era, in the deep south of America and has quite a few actors from Tarantino’s previous movies, like Samuel L. Jackson (5th film under him), stuntswoman Zoe Bell (4th film under him), Christoph Waltz (of Inglourious Basterds fame) and several others.
Having been involved in quite a few controversies because of his incessant use of racist language and some blaxploitation in his previous movies, he has gone full-on in taking racism and slavery as the main subject of this film. Jamie Foxx plays Django, and Christoph Waltz plays the white German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schlutz, who frees Django and promises to help him find and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a brutal plantation owner Calvin Candie (Di Caprio) under the condition that Django helps him identify and kill the Riddle brothers for Dr. Schlutz’s bounty. Samuel L. Jackson plays Stephen, an aide and friend of Candie.
Tarantino has taken lot of pains for in this movie, for which he originally conceptualized the idea 13 years back. One of the several examples of this is that he has gone to three specialized locations around the world where the reverberations due to the open space and reflection of sound from an overcast sky would be just right for producing a never-before heard, realistic sound experience of gunshots and whipcracks unlike the usual digitalized versions of the same. This was done in line with Tarantino’s want of everything in the film being ‘analog and spirited’.
Having released in the USA on the 25th of December, it is being received very well by both critics and audience. The movie has already been nominated for 5 Golden Globes – best motion picture-drama; best director (Tarantino); best original screenplay (Tarantino) and best performance by actor in a supporting role (Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Di Caprio). The other major actors have been nominated in Image awards, and the film boasts a staggering 11 wins and 17 nominations already! The movie is scheduled to release in India in the month of March, but by the time it passes through the sensor board, half the film would probably have been removed, as the film is full of strong graphic violence and bloodshed.
If you are interested in Django Unchained , then vote for it as the most expected film of 2013 !
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