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Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio

 

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A German bounty hunter needs help from a slave called Django, and then sets out to help Django rescue his wife who was sold as a slave to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Calvin Candie.

 

This is as classic Tarantino as you can get, B movie feel, lots of blood, swearing like you wouldn’t believe, fantastic dialogue, unbelievable deaths and brilliant acting from everyone involved. The duo of Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx have great chemistry and are brilliantly funny throughout the film. Di Caprio is smooth and cool while turning completely mental and unbelievably racist to get his way and comes across as a very scary person. There are cameos right the way through with some you probably wouldn’t expect. It’s hard to say what my favourite scene in the film is as there were many excellent moments but I would probably say the scene about the hoods is clever and very funny.

The deaths in the film are so over the top that they are comical but don’t take anything away from the story. There is an excessive use of the word ‘nigger’ in the film and the first few times you hear it, it does shock you a little. But it goes on and on and you kind of get used to it. There were a lot of the older generation of viewers in the cinema when I saw it and I was unsure if they were aware what the film would be like and if they would make it to the end. I imagine they heard of a DiCaprio film about slavery, set in western times, that has received lot of awards nominations. However no one walked out.

 

Recommend

If you are a fan of Tarantino then you will love this as you will know what to expect. You will laugh, you will enjoy. Go and see this at the cinema while you can.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 8/10 – Tarantino is Unchained

 

 

Film Fact

After an accident in training where Christoph Waltz was thrown off his horse and broke his pelvis, Jamie Foxx gave him a gift to make him feel better about riding a horse: a saddle with a seat belt.   

 

True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010)

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld

 

 

True Grit is a remake of a 1969 John Wayne film with the same name. I don’t usually watch remakes before I have seen the original however not really being a fan of Westerns I gave this a go, mainly due to it being Coen brothers film. Most films they have directed and produced have bought something different yet at the same time have some of the same constants. The dark humour, the bold characters and the main focus on strong accents/ the way certain characters speak.

In True Grit there was an element of humour but not much. It was a more serious Coen brother’s film with the main focus being on the story. Jeff Bridges in the role of Rooster Cogburn had this strong and sometime unidentifiable accent which definitely goes with a typical Coen film. However the star of this film was Halee Steinfeld in the role of Mattie Ross. It was her story of wanting to avenge the murder of her father and hire someone to capture the killer so he can be put to justice, and that is exactly how it played out. She was the only character I cared about, the rest were just a bit weak.

I don’t think it helped that the film was very slow in places. Although it looked fantastic and had the typical Western setting there didn’t seem to be enough gun fights or bar fighting, the kind of things I would expect from a western. Maybe these types of films are just not for me but I wasn’t a fan. Any fans of westerns may like this but I’ll let you make that choice.

 

Film Fact

In order to get the most effective voice after biting his tongue, Matt Damon tied a hair tie around it to talk as if he had no tongue.