Like several other Tarantino films, DJANGO UNCHAINED is a revenge fantasy pitting righteously violent agents of chaotic good against evil. In this case, the evil initially appears to have some gray area, as Django (Jamie Foxx) dubiously joins Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a dentist turned bounty hunter, who dispatches wanted criminals with a gleeful nonchalance. However, the nuances of their profession diminish when the real big bad emerges: American slavery, as represented by a wealthy plantation owner named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Leo is in top form here, unusually nasty and REALLY good at it, and his head slave, played by Tarantino’s frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson, proves to be a formidable adversary, too; however, as much as I love good villains, I think the movie loses something when it backs away from the Leone-style bounty hunting and leans into this unambiguous conflict. The cartoonishly excessive violence in the final act merely reminds us of the copious blood that was shed in the name of slavery, rather than offering a new insight on the injustice.