Crinoline on crinoline and lace on lace, I have never felt more like a trussed up Christmas turkey in my life! Layer upon layer like a Sara Lee pastry and sweltering in the heat I carted my sorry arse up and down the main street and back and forth from the school, which was conveniently located at the very top of the hill, for two days, and now I am utterly exhausted.
The women of the 1850's really didn't have great lives, well no-one really did back then to be honest, but when you are standing under a lace parasol in 30 degree heat surrounded by layers of bouffant frills the reality of how horrid it must have been in summer for ladies is well and truly driven home.
I declared as I was putting my outfit on for the second day (as my body was physically trying to reject it) - no wonder that all of the men thought that most of the women were bat-shit bonkers back then, these clothes are enough to make the strongest woman lose her shit!
However, in spite of the heat, and sweaty discomfort, it was a really fun couple of days with the children and I got a lot out of my Sovereign Hill 'immersive' experience. However, I will not be sad to get into modern garb for work tomorrow and I thank my lucky stars that I was born in an era that doesn't require me to feel so damn uncomfortable all of the time.
Release Date: 2012
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 165 mins
Quentin Tarantino continues to flex his directing muscles and demonstrate his growing maturity and keen eye for detail with Django Unchained. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it was witty, interesting, fast paced and above all fresh, which is something that we have all confidently come to expect from Tarantino. Django Unchained was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz and Best original Screenplay for Tarantino; both of whom also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for the same categories.
Set in the Old West, during the antebellum era of the Deep South, the film follows the life of Django (Jamie Foxx), a black slave and Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), an English-speaking German bounty hunter disguised as a traveling dentist. Schultz buys Django and frees him in exchange for his assistance in collecting a bounty on three outlaws. Django agrees, as long as he is offered the chance to track down his enslaved wife who is being terribly mistreated by a brutal plantation owner named Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
There is so much going on and so many brilliant performances it is difficult to know where to begin, and as with all Tarantino movies it has just as much dark humour as blood spatter effects. The cast is an amazing and reputable ensemble of quality actors, but my favourite was easily Waltz's portrayal of Dr. King Schultz whom I just straight up adored. This is the most stylized spaghetti western that you are ever going to encounter, and is definitely one to put on your must see list.
FINAL SAY: You silver tongued devil, you.
4.5 Chilli Peppers