FILM REVIEW – Django Unchained

This is Tarantino fan heaven; Django Unchained is hard hitting, fast moving and dressed in a great soundtrack. It’s the story of a slave by the name of Django (Jamie Foxx) who is taken under the wing of German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz played by Christopher Waltz, who was the mean Colonel Hans Lander in Tarantino’s last movie Inglorious Basterds.

The movie is set mostly in the American south, two years before the Civil War and focuses on Django’s quest to free his enslaved wife from the Candieland Plantation where Leonardo diCaprio plays the owner Calvin Candie, whose butler Stephen is none other than Tarantino stalwart Samuel L. Jackson. There is not a dull moment in the 165 minutes with a script that lives up to expectations, laced with wit and the trademark black humour found in the extreme violence that only Tarantino fans will appreciate.A shootout in the plantation house towards the end of the movie reminds us of the closing fight in Kill Bill 1, but this time with guns instead of Samurai swords.

Our tip is to head for SBC at Forum Algarve in Faro, the only cinemas in the Algarve with an audio system capable of doing justice to the soundtrack.

Patrick Stuart