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'Django Unchained' is Outrageously Entertaining

Director Quentin Tarantino pays tribute to the Spaghetti Western, and it's shoot 'em up, rootin' tootin' fun !

It's funny, offbeat, and brutal. Based in the American South during the times of slavery, Jamie Foxx straps on a six-shooter or two, some cowboy's boots and hat in "Django Unchained."

The film is playing at the GTC Merchants Walk 12 Cinema and the GTC Park 12 Cobb.

Foxx's Django character is taken by a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz. First they set out to get a few outlaws. Then they set their sights on getting Django's wife, Broom Hilda, played by Carrie Washington. But wrangling her tough guy owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, isn't so easy.

As to be expected the movie has great dialogue, is funny and fine performances are turned in by all. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a minor role, is a big standout, in my opinion.

The film never loses site of the horrors of slavery and even though it uses the "n-word" a few times, it is a Quentin Tarantino movie – you have to expect that.

The flick-o-meter gives "Django Unchained" a five out of five. It's two hours and forty mintues and, at times, it does feel a bit long.

Film director Spike Lee has gone on record saying the film is disrespecful to his ancestors by reducing slavery to a Spaghetti Western, even refusing to see it. Now even more people are going to see it because of that...go figure.

Spike, you and Tarantino are both artists. I may not be the best person to make this judgment because I'm white, but "Django Unchained" doesn't feel disrepectful to the memory of slavery, even though it falls short of capturing it. That being said, I love Tarantino movies and I highly recommend it.

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Janueri d December 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Whomever wrote this article may want to pay a little more attention to spelling
bonnie December 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I do understand how spike lee may feel but I like quentintarrantino films after all he does employ many african american actors so I will see his movies
Michelle Montalvo December 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I totally agree with bonnie. What's better then having knowledge,and producing employment.
Wellington Mot December 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
You forgot the period at the end of your sentence.
Wellington Mot December 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
There are no black americans living today that experienced slavery first hand. So why do some people think that a caucasion is not qualified to write histories or popular fiction about the subject? No doubt some black people are in a unique position to feel the effects of racism, and perhaps, the scars of slavery within their own families; but that should not mean we preclude other sources.
robert December 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Saw it last night.Very entertaining
Juan hernadez December 29, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I saw this movie and was funny and cruel in a way, but it's said lauds in clear the massage that slavery was worth thing that happened in America history.
Abu December 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Spike Lee needs to stop being like Jesse Jackson - do something relevant (in his case make another good movie), stop being envious of others, and do the right thing!
NatassiaM December 30, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Saw the movie last night and I (a black girl) disagree with spike. Though funny and entertaining, this movie painted honest and horrific pictures of the reality of slavery. The men and women in this movie were treated like animals by their owners and though difficult to watch at times Terrantino did something for the slave that I've never seen...he have him a bloody and well deserved revenge. Well done, Quentin.

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