It’s a simple story. A German dentist turned successful bounty hunter enlists the help of a slave to catch three fugitives, and in the bargain, rescue the slave’s wife. As this all develops, there is enough action and evil characters, not to mention a very foreboding, often ridiculous sense of humor, to make “Django Unchained” one of the most depraved westerns ever made. This is classic Quentin Tarantino all the way, very entertaining and purposely controversial.
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds” 2009) plays the dentist. Jamie Farr is Django, the slave who goes into the bounty business with the dentist. Kerry Washington is Broomhilda, his captive wife.
Throughout “Django Unchained,” you will meet a kaleidoscope of truly outstanding supporting players, each unforgettable in their own way and frequently more interesting than the two leads. The supporting cast really elevates this film to a new level of achievement.
Leonardo Di Caprio is remarkable as a bloodthirsty Mississippi plantation owner. His character evolves into the final resolution of this film.
Samuel L. Jackson nearly steals the production as Stephen, the head servant at Di Caprio’s mansion. Stephen is one of the most diabolical and just plain scary characters you will ever experience in a motion picture. He is evil incarnate.
“Django Unchained” is a blood and guts effort with lots of gun fire, explosions and even a scene when a man is thrown to the dogs, literally. The “n” word is used a lot, but it fits the characters and storyline of the time in which it all takes place. This is a film that engages the audience on several levels. It’s about the old west, slavery, bounty hunting and a lot more. It can be funny and ferocious at once. In other words, it’s all Tarantino, all the time. And it this case, that ain’t bad.