What Makes Django Unchained A Classic?

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What Makes Django Unchained A Classic?

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s new spaghetti western, is one of the best films the director has ever made. It follows a resentful slave on a quest to free his wife. 

“Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s not to like?” says Django. 

Django Unchained is as willfully amusing as it is overlong and indulgent, including savage revenge, slaves killing white masters, whippings, beatings, and balletic gouts of blood that burst across the frame simultaneously, a very excellent Tarantino movie. It is well-deserving of its rating. There’s a reason behind the high IMDb rating. The delivery of the dialogue, as well as the dialogue itself, is terrific. 

Django, The Style Icon

The plot centres around Dr Schultz, a German White man turned bounty hunter who frees a slave named Django and makes him a bounty hunter. Django, on the other hand, wants to release his wife, ‘Broomhilda,’ and Dr Schultz agrees. They become partners and spend the entire Winter seeking a large sum of money. Then they devise a scheme to free Django’s wife from slavery, but everything goes wrong, and Dr Schultz is killed. And Broomhilda is captured and Django has to surrender. Django is then sent to some other mining plot to work and Broomhilda is kept locked. He then concocts a plan to get rid of the white men who were getting him and others slaved to that mining area; well he succeeds. Then he rescues his wife and then kills all the fellows who tortured him and made life miserable. The climax is definitely worth watching. Django is a style icon by himself, that cowboy look definitely works for him. 

This film depicts how the slave system operated in the past and how did the Black community face so much discrimination. Many of the males were astonished by the sight of a Black person riding a horse. Django outgrows slavery when he joins the bounty hunters and murders a large number of white men. The portrayal of the slave system is uncanny and flawlessly handled. 

The killings are mind-boggling like there is blood everywhere. When the guns are fired, the bullet literally tears up that body part when it hits. My Goodness! Django’s style of playing with his rifle is unmatched. The fastest shooter ever and the shootings are fabulous indeed. Well, one thing I can’t get over with is Leonardo DiCaprio’s meme face which was taken from this movie only. Like that was hilarious.

Violence and Tarantino go hand in hand

Quentin Tarantino is a genius who can create or direct a violent film like no one else. Critics and reviewers frequently complain that he uses too much violence in his film, but they overlook the fact that he employs an excellent concept with likeable characters so that even the villains in his film acquire compassion from the audience.

You wouldn’t dare to miss a single frame of the movie from the opening shot when you see a few African American slaves in linking chains walking with sore and bloody feet all of them half-naked and when the camera focuses on a sad Django until the end of the movie and when Dr Schultz enters the movie on his “Dentist carriage” I bet you wouldn’t dare to miss a single frame of the movie. 

The Movie Culture Synopsis

With the portrayals of Stephen as the brutish black who seeks to maintain white supremacy and slavery of his own people and Schultz as the warm-hearted yet wry white who prefers equality, Tarantino has clearly necessitated the need for an audience to NOT generalize or stereotype the ‘whites’ as the tormentors and the ‘blacks’ as the tormented. Schultz would have been a perfect hero if he hadn’t shot Dicky’s horse at the start, which made me sad.

With his outstanding performance, Waltz, coupled with Tarantino’s screenplay and the nostalgic country music score, undoubtedly steals the show. Di Caprio is a fantastic villain who we all come to despise after witnessing his brutally inhuman behaviour. But it was his role and if we hated his role then it is hence proved that as always he nailed his performance. 

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  • Sugyani is a Odisha based writer currently pursuing a degree in psychology. She always find herself binge-watching movies and series when she isn't spending time with her friends and family.