Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, and Don Johnson in supporting roles. Set in the Old West and Antebellum South, it is a highly stylized tribute to Spaghetti Westerns using an obvious revisionist history, in particular the 1966 Italian film Django by Sergio Corbucci, whose star Franco Nero has a cameo appearance.
- This was a hard movie for me to watch. It lays bare many of the evils of slavery, and it is painful to watch.
- It is a very tight suspenseful movie leading to a glorious showdown of violence.
- Quentin Tarantino played several bit parts himself, and true to form, referenced many other movies in the film.
- The film is brutal. There is much violence. The use and perhaps over use of the n-word was jarring. The “n” word (or some variation) was used 116 times.
- This is certainly not a typical Western. Tarantino called it a “Southern”.
- The movie has some very funny moments.