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on May 2, 2016
Not suitable for the whole family. Should be rated 'R'.

Generally, "Django Unchained" is a good story, but it's full of violence, nudity and fowl language.

The plot occurs just prior to the US Civil War and the backdrop is the American Slave Trade. So, immense cruelty is depicted throughout the show and, for me, this was tough to take.

I also didn't like the ""N" Word". Yet, it was casually-mentioned about 1,000 or more times. So, this, too, was tough, for me.

For those reasons, the nearly 3 hour-long film, for me, seemed a bit long.

Yet, I had to repeatedly remind myself that the story was about a different culture and, accordingly, I got the impression that Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and directed the movie, had based it on substantial research. So, I think the story probably came close to the truth about the mistreatment of Blacks, during that period.

In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio's obnoxious White character asked an interesting question. Referring to the Black slaves, he queried: "Why don't they kill us?"

"Probably for the same reason why many Jews passively went to their deaths, in Nazi Germany", I thought; their situation was so bad, they just could not believe it.

Others likely suffered from Stockholm Syndrome or learned to survive, etc.

No doubt, however, some Blacks did kill or tried to kill Whites.

The gore might have been exaggerated. Some curse words could have been too modern, but all the actors did great acting and the costumes, sets, etc. seemed authentic.

So, "Django Unchained" was a good, but 'tough-to-take' movie.

Incidentally, I'm White, too.
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on April 3, 2013
Definitely Quentin Tarantino's best movie in recent years and definitely one of his films period. I have watched this movie from beginning to end multiple times and it's still exciting every time. Like Quentin's older flicks the jokes don't get old, they get quotable. Django Unchained has everything mixed together perfectly, plot, action, character development, suspense, aaaaaand over the top swearing, with all of it paced just right for the stories needs. Jamie Foxx gives one of his best performances as Django and Christopher Waltz as Dr. King Schultz has certainly stolen the show with his humor and exceptional beard. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a villain you start to like immediately. Certainly not for his cruel actions but for his gentleman hospitality that he extends to Django and Dr. King even though he has his suspicions. Now we all know that we don't watch Tarantino movies for the action, we watch them for the dialog. Quentin always writes the most interesting dialog and Django Unchained is no exception. Every time I saw this movie everyone kept quite, glued to the screen, and at full attention just waiting to hear what would come out of the characters mouths next. Now there were a couple scenes that made me wonder if the Quentin went to far with how slaves were treated but that just helped me realize we're not as desensitized to violence as politicians like to think and that things can still have a real impact on viewers. If you have the opportunity you should definitely take the chance to view this movie because it truly is a one in ten thousand.
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on June 6, 2013
You could describe "Django Unchained" as a Spaghetti-Western buddy-movie cousin of "Kill Bill". Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz evolve, through a series of jaw-droppingly unpredictable scenarios, into a deadly duo on a heroic quest of rescue and revenge. The plot twists are unpredictable and compelling, and the acting by the two heroes, and by Bruce Dern, Don Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio as a series of villains who must be disposed of a la "Kill Bill", is superb.

Some viewers have an understandable problem with the mayhem and gore, but as in "Kill Bill", the violence quickly becomes so over-the-top that as you begin to emotionally discount the overkill, you come to understand how other movies and filmmakers use the withheld promise of impending violence to manipulate you. In contrast, Tarantino mocks such clumsy and overt manipulation by quickly taking the physical mayhem to cartoon levels, thus removing it from the equation as a driver of plot. He doesn't key you up for a shootout climax of violence like so many action and Western movies do, because by the climax, any thirst for blood you might have had has long been washed away by flowing hemoglobin. Instead, you thirst for justice and fulfillment, and the tension over how and if that might be achieved is what drives the suspense that makes the movie.

Some critics of the film seem to feel that black slavery was actually a walk in the park with a benevolent Grandma for its victims, and they're horrified at the fact that slaves were forced to fight to the death, or were whipped and branded, or were raped at will, and were treated as animals. That truth is too much of a clash with their narrative of America as the special and perfect creation of gentle Jesus meek and mild. Donald Trump spoke out against the movie as "racist", and you can imagine the part he liked least was flamboyant plantation-owner Don Johnson leading a bumbling proto-KKK lynch mob. It probably evoked too many parallels with recent birther yup-fests that idolize The Donald as their heroic leader.

This movie is a masterpiece. It makes you care about the characters, and it involves you so masterfully that you take away lasting emotional and intellectual consequences from having lived the experience. It will leave you thinking about a number of important things long after you have the pleasure of watching it.
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on September 6, 2013
One of Tarantino's best movies to date, mash up of grand story telling(screenplay) and amazing camera shots with stellar acting has become a hallmark of Tarantino's work.
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on October 16, 2013
This movie is clever, well written and extremely entertaining. A must see for any adult as long as you don't mind crude language and a lot of blood.
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on April 26, 2013
GREAT GREAT Movie!!! So that is why I am giving it a 4. I was sooo disappointed in the lack of special features. I would say there is a total of 30 minutes extra on the blu-ray only.
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on September 14, 2013
Full of realistic situations as they would have occurred back in the wild west this southern slave gone bad is a very entertaining and full of suspense. Not for the faint of heart.
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on July 7, 2013
I waited awhile before actually watching this movie after I purchased it. I was unsure I would like it's topic!.
How mistaken could I have been...a great movie and superb casting. Love Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, well actually loved them all, even the EVIL ones. How can you not love the acting of Leonardo de Caprio and Samuel L. Jackson, superb. I loved the cameo's also.
Definitely recommend, close your eyes if slo-mo blood and gore offend you!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 29, 2012
I admit that I was at first reluctant to watch "Django Unchained" because I was unsure if I was going to be able to handle all of the movie scenes. However, I instantly changed my mind when one of my younger sisters treated me to the film on Christmas day. The film was better than I imagined and includes some of the following characters pivotal to the plot: Kerry Washington as the emotionally tough slave Brumhilda, meanwhile Jamie Foxx and Christopher Waltz brilliantly play a strong tag team via the roles of Django and Dr. King Schulz. Leonardo Dicaprio plays a wealthy plantation owner by the name of Calvin Candie while Samuel Jackson plays his crafty assistant Stephen. Dicaprio and Jackson play evil men, but in all fairness, both men also performed their roles in a superb fashion. Quentin Tarantino also makes an appearance in "Django Unchained." "Django Unchained" is a good movie for those who like unconventional western films.
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on January 4, 2014
I don't even know how you write such an awesome story like this one. Amazing movie. Great deal, and it comes with the Blu-Ray and DVD.
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