2012 Year in Review: The 10 Best Movies
Quentin Tarantino is perhaps the only filmmaker alive who could make a funny movie about slavery, but there are few cinematic experiences this year (or any other) as fun as his tale of a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife from a plantation owner. Without hesitating to highlight the atrocities suffered by blacks at the hands of whites, the film manages to be harrowingly serious and raucously enjoyable at the same time, thanks to Tarantino’s typically singular sense of humor.
As the title character, Jamie Foxx plays Django as an evolving, self-actualizing man regaining his humanity even as he embraces his own monstrousness, while Christoph Waltz oozes an oddball charm as the bounty hunter who despises slavery but isn’t above exploiting it in order to accomplish his own goals. Then of course there’s Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s never seemed to enjoy himself so much as here, playing Calvin Candie, a calculating but too-clever-to-be-smart slave owner who keeps Django from his wife. An action-filled adventure that manages simultaneous intensity and languor, Tarantino makes his movie-est movie to date, and one whose legend should only appreciate in the years to come.