At the start it seems that Foxx as Django is giving his interpretation of how he thinks a slave acts, but once he gets his footing, he soars. Although moments of historical contrast add and take away from its allure (i.e. Django walking around with sunglasses and a freshly tapered haircut,  a slave girl addressing her master as “big daddy,” Samuel L. Jackson deciding to change his voice from sounding like the elderly character he’s supposed to be playing to just plain old Samuel L. Jackson), but in between the humps are chapters of an engaging story.

Then there are the gut-wrenching sections of the movie that remind the viewer that yes, even though Rick Ross is playing in the backgroundthis is as much about slavery, as it is about love, and even bounty hunting.

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