The new Quentin Tarantino spaghetti western is probably the best film I have seen in this genre which has its target audience. It is a film that combines different elements leading up to its great success, whether we’re talking about the great directing and writing by Quentin Tarantino who took us back to the pre-Civil War Deep South as if we were really there, the great cast that included Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson, the same old elements used in all Tarantino films such as the non-linear music and songs, the close-up movements of the camera angles, and of course the non-cheesy revenge themes which were depicted in an artistic violence technique.
The film follows a pre-Civil War deep Southern story of Django (Foxx) and Dr. Schultz (Waltz) who team up in a bounty hunting winter season after Schultz frees Django from slavery, and the two build up a great friendship which makes Schultz eager to help his freeman friend save his wife Broomhilda (Washington) who has been sold to a brutal plantation owner called Calvin Candie (DiCaprio). The film also focuses on several themes from the dark history of humanity such as slavery, torture, Mandingo fighting, KKK, and other violent and racist behaviors through which USA suffered from during that era.
The film has all the elements of success. Christoph Waltz simply stole the show in the first 50 minutes of the movie, appearing this time as a government legal bounty hunter and charming the audience as usual with his great method acting skills where he borrowed some elements of speech, facial expressions, and tone from his Hans Landa character in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds three years ago. And this proves how talented this actor is because he used the same method in two different characters, with one he makes you hate his guts and with the other he makes you like him. He is definitely a front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor this year after winning it three years ago.
Jamie Foxx was also charismatic in depicting the character of the slave who just got his freedom back, making it an interesting twist in the acting impression transformation from a weak character to a strong and solid one.
Around the hour mark, Leonardo DiCaprio appears in one of his best roles, if not his best ever. His performance surely proved why he was named as the Best Supporting Actor of 2013 according to the National Board of Review. The chemistry of acting between these three performers was amazing for film fans and critics who monitor this type of scene movement and for some time, you will feel it can’t be topped.
But once again, Tarantino proves us wrong, telling us it can be topped, and it was topped indeed when a fourth character acting legend walks in, Samuel L. Jackson, with a face, a make-up, a voice, an accent, and a performance that made me feel I was watching Gone with the Wind. Frankly speaking, in my opinion, he is the only actor to bring the Southern accent to life in an artistic manner in a way that can be close to that flawless performance of Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. In general, this film was an acting candy for me.
In general, for a spaghetti western, this film is a masterpiece on all levels: directing, writing, acting, actually especially acting, sound editing and effects, and cinematography and camera angle use. I believe it is a must-watch film for all Tarantino fans, for all spaghetti western fans, and for all motion picture fans in general.