Quentin Tarantino's latest filck "Django Unchained" has a lot going for it. It stars Jamie Foxx as, Django, a freed slave who travels along side a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in search of his wife (Kerry Washington) who is still enslaved by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
What's most positive about the film is that Tarantino puts a fresh spin on the western genre. "Django Unchained" manages to give an unflinching look at American slavery in the south while still remaining a western. Furthermore, it is refreshing to see Foxx as the hero of the film. In that same vein Samuel L. Jackson as Candie's head house slave is perhaps the greatest villain in the whole film and does a fantastic job with that role.
However, some of the negatives of "Django Unchained" are when the film strays from being a western. DiCaprio is clearly having the time of his life on screen as a charismatic but evil plantation owner, but unfortunately the movie loses its way once Django and Waltz's Dr. King Schultz reach the Candie - land Plantation. Again, the movie can be commended by trying to demonstrate the evils of slavery through the goings on at the Candie - land Plantation but through this the movie starts to become more of the "issue" film Tarantino was trying to avoid. The film is at it's best when it shows slavery from Django's the point of view.
Go see "Django Unchained", Hartford but be warned, the film is overlong and incredibly violent. Violence is usually par for the course with Tarantino's films but "Django Unchained" may have even stepped in up a notch.