Feature: Top 5 Most Badass Moments in "Django Unchained"
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:30:45
Django Unchained is the coolest western ever made.
Quentin Tarantino has effectively brought his own savoir faire and swagger back to 1858 with much aplomb. In Jamie Foxx's Django and Christoph Waltz's Dr. King Schultz, the film boasts the slickest murdering duo since Vincent Vega and Jules Winfield. Moreover, they're facing a villain for the ages in Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin J. Candie, while attempting to free Django's wife, Broomhilda Von Shaft—a phenomenal Kerry Washington. Every element comes together to forge an epic tale of good and evil that's got the Spaghetti Western charm with all of Tarantino's trappings intact.
In fact, Django Unchained fits right alongside Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, and Kill Bill as a classic in its own right. This being a Tarantino flick, that means there's absolutely no shortage of badass moments.
However, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino picked five in this exclusive review feature.
The Top 5 Badass Moments in Django Unchained
Django Gets Freedom
Early on in the film, Schultz frees Django from the vile Speck Brothers. The "dentist" pulls up in his wagon featuring a tooth on top and he negotiates Django's escape—with a few well-placed gun shots. On the way out, Django makes sure to put a little extra pressure on the brother under his slain horse as one last goodbye "fuck you". It's the first glimpse of badassery the audience gets from Django. Plus, Schultz's dialogue remains as fiery as his pistol.
Django Picks Out His Threads
In every Tarantino flick, the garb proves crucial. Remember Uma Thurman's yellow one-piece in Kill Bill and the black suit, white shirt, black tie combo from Reservoir Dogs? Of course you do! There's nothing quite as strikingly cool as Django's bright blue medieval duds though. He looks like he just rolled out of King Arthur's court, but he does it with "panache".
Django Turns a Whip on the Brittle Brothers
In a brilliantly bloody scene, Django turns a whip on his former masters the Brittle Brothers. Revenge never hit so hard. Plus, he's wearing the blue outfit. It's his heroic turnaround in the movie, solidifying him as a true hero.
Django's Bloodbath to "Unchained"
On "Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)", 2Pac's immortal refrain from "Untouchable" explodes as the funky strut of James Brown's "The Payback" resounds while Django tears through "Candie Land" with bodies piling up everywhere . It's a blood-soaked apotheosis that makes good on the movie's promises of downright "untouchable" action. It's also downright badass seeing a hip hop funk mash-up over a movie that takes place long before iPods. Get the soundtrack…
Django Drops the "D"
In one last scene, Django reminds one unlucky villain, "The 'D' is silent, hillbilly". It's one of those lines we're going to be hearing and repeating for a long time to come.
Will you be seeing Django Unchained on December 25? Will you be getting the soundtrack now?