Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio. Samuel L. Jackson
Country of Origin USA 2012
Language: English 165 mins.
'The opening sequence introducing Django (Jamie Foxx),the manacled black slave to Dr. King Schultz, a German dentist bounty hunter gives him his first taste of freedom and sets the tone for this five star single character's journey through a surreal ballet of violence to a hand clapping wow ending'.
Django's beautiful wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), speaks German and is owned by the sadist and racist, Calvin Candie (Leonardo diCaprio) and is held on the Candieland plantation in Mississippi. There just happens to be a link in this fable, a German legend - Broomhildan abducted by a dragon, taken to the top of a mountain and imprisoned by a ring of fire was rescued by the hero, Siegfried.
They agree a pact. Django will team up with Dr. Schultz during the winter season and with Schultz's help they'll get Broomhilda out of Candieland. Django is the new Siegfried and must rescue Broomhilda.
It's an impressive and powerful five star ravishing 165 minutes feast that delights with a witty tongue-in-cheek script and stellar performances from the cast that explodes into a surreal ballet of violence. Throughout Sergio Carbucci's cult 1966 'Django', Richard Fleischer's 1975 'Mandingo' and Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns form reference frames and Franco Nero's guest appearance is delightfully tongue-in-cheek.
Christopher Waltz plays Dr Schultz to perfection - immaculate, witty, organised, ruthless with a winning smile, the ultimate German bounty hunter dentist. Leonardo diCaprio, the polite southern host un-Hollywood brown teeth lining a sadistic grin but it's Samuel l. Jackson who steals the show as Stephen, Calvin Candie's man in 'charge of the house' with a frightening loyalty to his white master to the bitter end.
And Jamie Foxx - he's the fastest gun in the South. Quite a movie.