“Django Unchained”: Controversial, Yet Captivating

December 29, 2012
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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of vengeance…the reoccurring theme seen throughout “Django Unchained.” Starring the notorious talents of Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington, “Django Unchained” takes place in the South two years before the Civil War where a slave and bounty hunter essentially team up to achieve certain goals they have set.

Django (the ‘D’ is silent), a slave who lost his wife during the slave trade long ago, ends up face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is hunting down the murderous Brittle brothers and Django is the only one who can lead him to them. Once the job is done, Django is granted his freedom as promised, but instead of parting their ways, the two team up to hunt the South’s most wanted criminals. Django remains focused on finding his wife and the search leads them to Calvin Candie, who is the owner of an infamous slave plantation where slaves are trained to battle each other for sport.

However, even with the intriguing plot, the film has been dubbed as possibly the most controversial film of 2012. Some viewers did not like the fact that a humorous spin was being put on a sensitive matter. Director Spike Lee did not enjoy the way slavery was depicted in the movie and called it “disrespectful.”

On the other hand, other viewers have disagreed and enjoyed the film. Samuel L. Jackson defended the film, and director Quentin Tarantino, by saying, “Quentin has an affinity for writing horrible things and then making you laugh.” He then proceeded on declaring that if you wanted to learn something from a movie, to go watch a documentary.

R. Clarke Cooper from National Public Radio stated, “One of the interesting things about ‘Django’ is the awkward relationship of freedmen and slaves. And that is an area in actual, straight-up history, as well as popular culture, that’s not normally addressed.”

With all the buzz on this film, it is hard to really make your own judgments unless you check out the movie yourself. Watch the trailer below and see if you will be heading to a theater soon!

-Aisha R.

@BreeezyBelieber

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