The Bleacher Bum says it’s a hit.
Epic movies provide us with sights and sounds that are unshakeable. These sights and sounds pop into our minds when we are on an elevator or waiting at a red light, even if the movie was not in our consciousness at the time. Django Unchained is one of those movies. Quentin Tarantino’s latest film deals with the heaviest of all subject matters: slavery in the United States pre-Civil War. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, who is a recently freed slave. Django helps a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) look for three fugitives from justice. Their travels lead them all over the south, including to a notorious plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). While Tarantino made the movie into a western in a nod to the spaghetti westerns, he does not take a lighthearted approach to its subject matter. This movie is not for the faint of heart because of its violence, subject matter, language, and images. Foxx, Waltz, DiCaprio, and several other stars are all exceptional. However, the true star of the movie is Tarantino. As the film’s director, he took things to another level and provided us with images and sounds that we will never forget. GRADE: A.