Grade • B
DVD • Do you wonder, as I did watching "Django Unchained," whether Jamie Foxx or Leonardo DiCaprio realized that Christoph Waltz was stealing the movie (and his second Supporting Actor Oscar for a role in a Quentin Tarantino movie) out from under them? And if they did notice, did they mind because he ensured the movie would be entertaining?
In Tarantino's blaxploitation/Western homage, Foxx plays the title character, a slave who is freed by bounty hunter King Schmidt (Waltz), who teaches him the rules of the profession which Django employs to free his wife Brunhilde (Kerry Washington) from a nasty plantation owner (DiCaprio) and his sly house slave (Samuel L. Jackson).
Tarantino's script (also an Oscar winner) is loaded with sharp dialogue, pungent profanity, copious violence, and a devilish flair for historical revision (which, after this and "Inglourious Basterds," is becoming Tarantino's calling card). Not everything works perfectly, but when it's firing on all cylinders, "Django Unchained" is bloody marvelous.
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