Short version: brutal, stylish, but meandering, Tarantino applies western tropes to slavery with bloody results.
It’s difficult to comprehend, as a white Australian in 2013, the sheer scale and brutality that slavery achieved in America. The concept of owning and controlling an entire population birth to death seems like an alien concept. The fact that this was a reality in the US as recently as 150 years ago makes it even more shocking. Django Unchained shows slavery at its most violent height, and then plays out a revenge fantasy against slavers, slave owners and willing accomplices with six-shooters on top.