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Django Unchained

Written by Quentin Tarantino

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2012

Has Quentin Tarantino’s work to date actually been…restrained? It’s not a descriptor often thrown at the populist auteur, whose frequently digressionary writing style and dual penchants for graphic violence and meta-textual indulgences has made him one of the most easily distinguished popular filmmakers of the last two decades. Yet, for all of his past excesses, Django Unchained is his shaggiest film to date, a nearly three-hour ramble that threatens to be as bracing an exploration/exploitation of pre-Civil War American race relations as Inglourious Basterds was of WWII, before falling victim to some serious pacing issues.

Set two years before the outbreak of the Civil War, Django opens with bounty hunter “Dr.” King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) opting to free a black slave by the name of Django (Jamie Foxx) in order to more effectively track down a trio of fugitives, »

- Simon Howell

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