It’s hard coming to a film like this so late in the party. The critics and the awards season have already passed judgement and it feels like there is little left to say.
I thoroughly enjoyed Django Unchained. It was much more of a Western than I had expected and it drew brilliantly on the slave-era 70s TV and Cinema works without falling into too much excessively contrived homage. The script is sharp, perhaps the sharpest Tarantino has penned since Pulp Fiction and the performances sizzle.
And, while Django Unchained is at its heart a romping, funny tale, there’s also something satisfyingly critical, a social commentary if you will, that lifts this film above anything else Tarantino has done. I’m not necessarily saying this is his best work (though in time, it may turn out to be seen that way), but I will say this is his most charming and thought-provoking film.