Django Unchained

Amelia Jáuregui, Staff Reporter

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” was released to Netflix on April 25th, and you better believe I watched it as soon as it came out. As an avid Tarantino fan, I waited for this release date in order to cross it off my “Tarantino Watch List,” and I can now officially say that I have watched all 9  of his films.e

Django Unchained takes place pre civil war, and is about two men in particular: Django, a slave, and Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter. The two men went on a journey to capture some brothers, and when they were successful, Django was freed. The whole movie turns to the two men going on quests to capture and hunt the most wanted criminals of the South. 

As all Tarantino movies are, this movie shows a lot of disturbing violence and harsh language. However, as always, the dialogue of this film is what drives the success, and entertainment of the film. 

From a film lovers perspective, I will say that this movie wasn’t one of my favorites, especially from Tarantino. While it’s known that Tarantino has harsh language in his films, this movie was by far the most uncomfortable I have ever felt watching a movie of his. The N-word was used more times than I could count, and I did count up until 20 before called it quits. 

While the language made me uncomfortable, it’s the unfortunate truth for the time period they were portraying, and in that sense they did a very good job. As well as the cinematography and costume design, it was a very aesthetically pleasing movie to watch.

Overall, I am honestly unsure of how I truly feel about the movie. While I see the good aspects to it, just how uncomfortable it made me is something I can’t get out of my head. While a movie, especially one portraying pre civil war should have some level of discomfort, this one felt to have exceeded the discomfort requirements. 

I guess all I’ll have to say is “proceed with caution” when it comes to this movie. I can usually handle a lot of different things, but for some reason this one was a challenge. Happy (or not so happy) watching.