In 1992 Quentin Tarantino entered the movie spotlight with his Art House film Reservoir Dogs, which was a spectacle. Eighteen years on he brings us yet another spectacle, this time on a bigger budget, bigger scale and bigger story.
With it's assembled cast of brilliance the film has already grabbed a few Golden Globes and is a treat for all of the Tarantino fans out there. With Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino once again showcases his directorial and writing skills covering an unusual genre for even himself; Slavery and Western. The films's beginning title sequence sets the film up straight up with style and the sequence is supreme and as good as that of Inglorious Basterds (which is amazing.) The cinematography, the camera angles and music score to the opening of the film is all near perfection.
The soundtrack to the film is glorious and fits right in the usual Tarantino standards, with the larger than life music and moments giving it the Tarantino-esque feel. A noteworthy mention is also the cinematography of the film adding strength with the excessive use of long establishing shots of the landscapes giving off the feel that this is indeed Spaghetti Western.
The script and dialogue to the film is expert and is set in stone to be very memorable. 'I like the way you die boy' - for example. The film is very informative of the Slavery side too, in language, reactions and story. The cast of the film is spectacular with Jamie Foxx giving a strong performance throughout. Christopher Waltz is captivating in his role that is almost written directly for him and is as good as his other multilingual Tarantino role of Col. Hans Landa (in Inglorious Basterds.)
Not appearing until late in the film, villainous Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Calvin Candi, the bad guy plantation owner and he is a stun, and engaged in the role and good to see him a another memorable role which we haven't seen from him for a since probably Inception. The absolute highlight of the performances is easily that of Samuel L. Jackson's, in which plays a delusional bad-ass old house keeper and with the accent, dialogue and bad motherfucking attitude he steals all of the motherfucking scenes he is present in.
At one point of the film unfortunately, around the time of the that Tarantino makes his cameo appearance (with an awful Australian accent) you suddenly realise that the film is dragging and look at your watch to release that this is a three-hour film! only four minutes behind The Hobbit. (Which dragged like hell!).
Violence? check. Witty Dialogue? check. Kick-Ass soundtrack? check - everything a Tarantino fan would want from the movie. Do not miss this film as its a stunning masterpiece - just as the rating that I have given it.