Much like Inglorious Basterds, his revisionist take on Jewish revenge on the Nazis, Quentin Tarantino tackles the curious American institution of slavery in Django Unchained, but by focusing on the efforts of a freed slave turned bounty hunter named Django (Jamie Foxx) to do whatever it takes to free his wife (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of a sadistic slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), the stakes — and likely the eventual payoff — are much more personal, which may take the edge off Tarantino’s usual bloody-minded approach to filling the frame.
Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz joins the action as Django’s mentor in the art of bounty hunting. Now in theaters. (R) Not screened for review
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