Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Django Unchained, A Black Love Story!


I have been waiting for over a year to see Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.  The idea of a runaway slave, recaptured, only to be rescued by a white bounty hunter; definitely intrigued me. When I heard that that this black man was seeking revenge, and on a quest to find his wife who had been sold away from him, I was waiting on the edge of my seat.  Django Unchained, all 2 hours and 45 minutes, was not a disappointment.  I loved this film. Jamie Foxx was solid as the intelligent quiet man searching for his true love played by Kerry Washington.  Foxx brought undeniable dignity to his role.

Django Unchained is a raw, violent, witty movie set during the darkest time in American history. Amidst all the violence, sadistic acts and the N-words, there lies a pure love story.  Django will go to the bowels of hell to rescue his beloved Broomhilda.  And he does just that when he arrives at the Candyland Plantation.  The Master, Calvin J. Candie, brilliantly played by Leonardo Dicaprio is as charming as he is terrifying. You could imagine him waiting for you at the fiery gates of hell. The first face you see before everything goes up in flames.

Massa Candie and the German bounty hunter King Schultz, played by  Christoph Waltz, gave captivating performances that are Oscar worthy. But what moved me the most was that nothing would deter Django from rescuing his woman.  No sadistic slave trader, Uncle Tom (Samuel Jackson), botched plan can stop him from freeing Broomhilda. His love for her drives Django and it surrounds him protecting him from all the venomous hate that seeks to engulf him.  It is a simple story of a strong black man wanting nothing more than to have a life with his beautiful and strong black woman.  No matter how you wrap that tale it is one that needs to be told.

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