#15 Django Unchained (2012)

In anticipation of winter storm Nemo, which was pretty mild here in New York though not so much the case in Long Island and New England, my office decided to close at 2PM on Friday. What better way to kill three hours until my friends would be available than catching an afternoon movie.

Django Unchained is the story of a slave turned bounty hunter in pursuit of the wife that was separated from him upon their sale. That seriously covers the entire movie. As it’s a Quentin Tarantino film, it’s imaginative in its depiction of life in America when slavery was the norm and the idea of a slave becoming a bounty hunter’s apprentice is absolutely ridiculous, but it makes for a really entertaining film.

The performances are spectacular. Jamie Foxx plays Django real smooth, Leonardo DiCaprio is charming and terrifying as plantation owner Calvin Candie and his head slave played by Samuel L. Jackson is a scene stealer as usual. It’s Tarantino so of course it’s as excessively bloody (so bloody in fact Leo accidentally contributed his own to the cause) and gory as you’d expect, but it gives the film a little lightness (except for one scene where an escaped slave gets mauled by dogs) between all the N heavy dialogue. A great way to spend a snow day, if you can make it to the theater that is.

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