Quentin Tarantino is back. After tackling the Nazis in “Inglourious Basterds”, Tarantino takes on slavery in “Django Unchained” starring Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. How does this stack up?

The Good

Let me just say this right off the bat. If you’re a Tarantino fan, you’ll love this film. This is one of my favorites of his. The dialogue is smart, witty and funny. Foxx is solid, but the real star here (again) is Waltz. HIs performance is once again top-notch. Speaking of top notch, DiCaprio shows us once again why he’s one of the best actors out there. His turn as a despicable plantation owner is just…I don’t know if good is the right word. But trust me, you’ll want him to to bite the dust. Foxx may be overshadowed by over the top performances from Watlz and DiCaprio, but I really enjoyed Foxx as Django. And for that matter, Washington did a fantastic job in the limited scenes we see her in.

The Bad

If you’re not a Tarantino fan, stay away. At times, I did get a little uncomfortable with some of the scenes and the idea that Tarantino is reducing slavery to a spaghetti Western. Also, as with all Tarantino movies, there’s a lot of blood so be warned. As a whole, I’d say I’d rank “Basterds” ahead of this one on my list of Taraintino films.

The Final Word

Smart, funny, violent and wonderfully entertaining, “Djanog Unchained” is a great film. Just be warned, if you didn’t like Tarantino’s other films, this won’t change your mind.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.