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Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 2:59 PM

The first film to add to your movie viewing collection is “Django Unchained.” This is the latest film I’ve seen in theaters and it is definitely worth seeing.

First thought? Outstanding.

Christoph Waltz was amazing, as always, as he brought the character of Dr. King Shultz to life. Although this film had a serious tone, Waltz had terrific chemistry with Jamie Foxx’s character, Django, as their playful banter showed a great friendship. It is an unlikely friendship in 1858, to find a white bounty hunter so willing to free a slave and then help him find his wife to gain her freedom.

But Waltz was not the only actor to give a great performance in this outstanding film. Leonardo DiCaprio deserves mentioning for his interpretation of Calvin Candie, a cruel and sneaky plantation owner.. The character of Calvin is very different from characters we’ve seen DiCaprio play before; this guy is nothing like Jack Dawson in “Titanic” or even Danny Archer in “Blood Diamond.” DiCaprio truly brings Candie to life and really impacts the film, including even being injured on the set in the middle of filming. Don’t worry; it wasn’t anything to drastic – just a little slice of the hand – but nonetheless, the blood was real, unlike the other blood we see in this film. That’s right, Reader reader; this classic Tarantino film had the usual blood, guts, and ultra-violent qualities. It wasn’t excessive – you know, just the normal Tarantino amounts like “Inglorious Bastards” and “ Kill Bill Vol. 2” so in other words, blood all over the place.

There is also the shocking and fantastic performance by Samuel L. Jackson. I don’t know about others, but for me, I was surprised. He did excellent, of course, and I would expect nothing less, given his notable performances in “The Avengers,” “The Other Guys,” and “1408” but I had no idea he was going to be so rambunctious. He did a great job as a cranky old slave and really rounded out the story.

I would have to say that my favorite part would have to be the random but funny short appearance by Jonah Hill. He may have had a small role, but the movie would not be the same without him. His character doesn’t even have a name; he’s actually credited as Bag Head No. 2 playing a sidekick to Big Daddy, a plantation owner that Shultz angers.

For casting, this film receives a 10 from me because there was no one better for these roles. For dialogue, an 8 simply because the N-word was said more than anyone expected, it was all in good taste and in context of the film and time period. For directing, a 9 because Tarantino did an amazing job and there was quite a few twists that you wouldn’t expect. Production, overall, also gets a 10 because nothing was too unrealistic.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I would get to Tinseltown as soon as possible and check it out. Just make sure you don’t have important plans right after because it is two hours and fifty-five minutes but it’s all worth it.

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