Unchained is an absolute perfect description of this Quentin Tarrantino movie. This film moves forward so artfully and powerfully that you’ll remember it for a very long time. This may be Tarrantino’s best film. It’s definitely up there with Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Inglorious Basterds. Tarrantino leaves nothing to chance to create such a unique viewing experience for his audiences. From the incredible acting to the cinematography; from the musical score to the fantastic script, nothing is an afterthought.
Now, be warned. This is a Quentin Tarrantino movie. That means tons of harsh language and much gratuitous violence. Please don’t be like the family near me when I saw this film; leave the small children at home. Seriously, you brought a 2 kids under 5 to a Quentin Tarrantinio movie?! Ridiculous.
Their is controversy surrounding this movie (Spike Lee refuses to see this movie.). Much of it surrounding the frequent usage of the N bomb. If it was used once, than it was used 100 or so times. They definitely didn’t pull any punches in depicting slavery either. Words that come to mind seeing this imagery: uncomfortable, brutal, and savage. Don’t the great movies always make us feel and think? This one definitely does.
The acting in this film is top notch. Much of the heavy lifting is done by Jamie Foxx, who should have received a Best Actor nomination, and Christoph Waltz, who did receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Then you add to that duo Leonardo DiCaprio, and the irreplaceable and ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson.
This aggressive, modern spaghetti western is polished grit. Its also very stylish. Its powerfully uncomfortable. But it’s also pretty funny. Don johnson, yes, that Don Johnson, plays a slave owning plantation boss named Big Daddy who looks a lot like a handsome Colonel Sanders. Johnson takes lead in an unforgettable scene with a vengeful posse having a hilarious scene discussing KKK style hoods—only in a Quentin Tarrantino movie. I loved this movie. I recommend it to MATURE audiences. If you’re offended, that’s on you...you’ve been warned!