“Adult supervision is required,” mutters the villainous Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, Django Unchained. This small line sums up the film perfectly. Although Django is an entertaining one-of-a-kind film, the gore and language are not for the faint of heart.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who is freed under the condition that he help a dentist-turned-bounty hunter bring in three murderous brothers, dead or alive. The entire cast is excellent. Christoph Waltz could be the only person in the entire film and it would still be worth the 2 hour and 46 minute run time. Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington are great in their respective roles. However, the best performance in the film is given by Leonardo DiCaprio. His portrayal of Calvin Candie is unlike any other role the actor has ever done. He embodies the antagonist so well that you may find yourself squirming in your seat while he manipulates those around him. There’s also the silly bit roles that relieve the audience from the harder material in the script, like Jonah Hill being a member of the KKK who cannot see out of the bag on his head. Also, if you are a James Remar fan (or if you watch a lot of “Dexter”), you laugh at the fact that the actor plays two different people in the movie and how ridiculously obvious it is that both are him.
The film is definitely fun. That is one thing it is never lacking. However, it is also gritty and that could make viewers who otherwise love the film turn away. There is an excessive amount of violence in the film, which is accompanied by an excessive amount of gore. At first it is fun to watch villains get blown away. However, there is a scene near the end of the movie where it gets to be so much that you just have to look away and thank your lucky stars that you did not eat anything before coming to the theater. Really. It becomes a full on blood bath. Tarantino also takes liberties with the time period of the film, having his characters drop the n-word as much as they possibly can. In a report, it is mentioned that the word is used 109 times throughout the film. That means that for the 165 minutes the movie is on, the hateful word is said an average of 1.5 times.
Tarantino’s newest film is worth watching. It will not be like any other movie you have watched this year and it has an incredibly talented cast. However, it is a very hard movie to get through and you may find yourself having a difficult time once you realize the gore and language will only get worse as the film progresses.