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Django Unchained

04 February 2013, 12:01

A fish, a cat, a dog, a bear, or all the animals in the zoo go on a quest to find their roots, or parents, or a life lesson, or all of the above. Along the way they face dangerous enemies but also bump into helpful street-smart friends who help them through thick and thin until the end. There are chases aplenty but the heroes’ guile and clever one-liners prove too much for the villains. A nice money-spinning yarn that is regurgitated over and over and over by Disney, dressed up differently but with the familiar stories like Humpty Dumpty, Jack & The Beanstalk, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, etc to keep our memories alive & hopefully bring back so many childhood memories that we can’t wait to take our toddlers to the nearest cinema complex. And then there are all those Super Hero movies…

Thank God for Quintin Tarantino, whose stories are just as simple but loaded with so much interesting dialogue and powerful characters, great actors left loose to have one heck of a ball of a time and dialogue that is simply mouth-watering for us movie lovers. It is a great disservice to yourself to watch a Tarantino movie just once – with the first viewing of ‘Django Unchained’, for instance, one savours the great performances, when I watched it for the second time, it was the outstanding locations, sets and costumes that had me mesmerized, those vast acres of cotton plantations in front of our very eyes.

History brought to life with performances that are so good, you almost forget that this is about the saddest time in human history, the times of slavery. Leonardo Di Caprio enjoys himself the most, as a slimy plantation owner, Second to him is Samuel L Jackson as the Uncle Ruckus-type character, a self-loathing, Masters favourite house servant who hates his own people had me in stitches as his character, in a dinner table scene, hangs on to his Masters every word, letting out a chorus of agreements at every word. You will want to jump onto your chair at the sheer expertise of the writing and point “I know him! I know him! I know such a person”

 And the writing again……‘You can just call me Leo’ says one plantation owners lawyer…leading the pair of bounty hunters that is Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz to meet his boss, Leonardo Di Caprio…The best scene had me literally rolling on the floor laughing my ass off: not to spoil things save to say it involves the Klu Klux Klan and the cloths over their heads. Foxx, Waltz and Kerry Washington also put in solid, adequate performances in this masterful movie that will leave you totally satisfied.

On another note: it’s either the Cresta Centre Ster Kinekor’s walls are paper thin, or the sound next door is too loud, but I heard every thunderous word from the movie showing next door. I wish I was as positive as one customer who walked past “Ah well, followed two movies for the price of one” proclaimed he proudly….definitely not your average….

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