TheFlowOnline.com went out to see Quentin Taratino's 'Django Unchained' and all through the movie I couldn't help but hear the theme song of the movie 'Shaft' every time Jamie Foxx's character, DJango, swaggered onto the scene. In this movie there is no doubt that Foxx is a Bad mutha...ShutYo Mouth...
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx known for his Academy Award winning 2004 film, Ray, as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz played by Christoph Waltz known for his work in Inglurious Basterds . Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda played by Kerry Washington, also from the movie Ray and today's popular TV Drama, Scandal. Once again she playing opposite Jamie Foxx as his character's wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen played by the all time Box Office Leading Actor Samuel L. Jackson, Candie's trusted house slave and all hell breaks loose.
Django will go down in history without a doubt as Hip Hop's favorite Western and African-American's Slavery Revenge movie. With the flare of Kill Bill, Tarantino doesn't disappoint and you gotta love it when cowboy hat wearing gun slingers trot a horse across the screen to the background music of Rick Ross playing 'A hundred Black Coffins' (take listen here) bringing the old time western to the 21st Century and making it certifiably Hip Hop.
The subject matter is still unsettling however as the movie saunters over a dark period in our country's past but that doesn't stop Taratino from doing what he does best. He has you laughing and getting angry all in a matter of a few seconds soon making you wonder when you should be laughing and when you should be getting mad as well as looking at your neighbor questioning their choices. Taratino delivers on his usual blood splatter escapade and manages to get himself blown up after testing any African-Americans patience by throwing a dynamite bag in a cage with three captive slaves.
Nevertheless you can't help to feel good as Foxx's character is able to smear his swagg all in the faces of his white character's faces. Something I am sure all of us wished to see in such a context. Even in the beginning of the movie where some looked at Foxx's character at awe, then turning to resentment as he assumed the facade of a black slave trader and then to admiration as he rode off down the trail to avenge his fallen partner and the injustice of slaves everywhere. Django is virtually unstoppable and it's refreshing to see amongst all that gunplay that it's the Black guy that rides off into the sunset with a the black girl.
Django is a must see and we advise you see it in the theater and also get the DVD when it comes out. Like Pulp Fiction, this movie is destined to be a cult classic.
If you looking to stay in for the night but you still want the Hip Hop flare in a Western take a look at Posse, Directed by Marion Van Peebles. Director of New Jack City. The movie features old school Hip Hop greats such as Big Daddy Kane, and Tone Loc as well as Mario Van Peebles himself, Blair Underwood and Stephen Baldwin.
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.