‚Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention´
The creation of alternative history is something Hollywood seems to be scared of as it might cause burned fingers. Tarantino is happy to burn the whole hand and make you feel good about it. Dynamite wasn’t invented yet and the Ku Klux Klansmen weren’t loosing their sight just yet – but fuck it. It’s a Tarantino.
Set in 1858, Django Unchained, confronts us with the story of Django (Jamie Foxx) – the ‘D’ is silent – a freed slave and his German companion Dr.Schulz (Christoph Waltz), now a bounty hunter but former dentist. Dr. Schulz is in need of someone who remembers certain faces and Django is in need of finding a certain slave, his wife Broomhilda. As a result, Django gets a horse, plays a role that the Doc chose for him and a costume. Of course, Django chooses the costume himself: A blue valet suit. Nice touch.
After a very successful winter in the bounty hunting business, the two free men reach Mississippi. The place where the climax of the story chooses it’s destiny. Dr.Schulz introduces us to ‘Big Daddy’ Candy (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Candyland- the biggest slavery plantation known of in the States. In the end, (alternative) history gets written with the death of the pre-dominant white hero and the rise of the black hero, finally breaking out of his role.
The brilliance of Mr. Tarantino’s newest pieces surely lives from the dialogues; Clever and witty at times and capturing the sense of a comic at others. Christoph Waltz first turned the director’s offer down. The master himself, the auteur so to speak, didn’t want to accept a plain ‘No’. Waltz accepted in the end, but only if his character was never acting in a negative way throughout the entire film. Quentin obliged:‘Of course, mein Herr! Tarantino got himself an Oscar-winning actor and we got a character that delights his audience with dominant, unfiltered and charismatic dialogues. In fact all he does is talk, but you wouldn’t want to miss that for the world.
Django however, shoots and wins. And Django’s shooting is as clear and precise as Quentin Tarantino’s.
Django Unchained is a must-see for those who are able to grasp the sense hiding underneath the classical Tarantino style and for those who are curious about how a German dentist can make you sympathise with …well- everything he says.