After saving a woman from being executed, gun-slinging cowboy Django arrives in a small, dried out town. The town has remained neutral to two different kinds of people, and is soon the backdrop for the biggest battle imaginable. And Django is in right in between.
I have never been big on western movies, but I can definitely see the appeal in them nowadays. The western movies I have checked out in recent years have certainly not been bad movies - hell, I'll admit that they are good movies. I just have a hard time getting overly excited about them. It's based on my general attitude towards period pieces, and I can't seem to get over it. Westerns are by far the better period piece, however. And when there are western titles like "Django", I know I will always come back to the genre. Even if just occasionally!
Franco Nero plays the coffin-dragging cowboy Django who finds himself in the middle of a war between crazy KKK folks and crazy Mexican folks! Django sets up camp by a brothel for a while, located in a town that is accepting both factions. Django's attitude makes it impossible for him not to become involved, but luckily he can take care of himself since in his coffin lays a machine gun, just waiting to get emptied.
Django is exactly as bad ass as a protagonist of an old western (or action movie) needs to be. The savior figure that is Django is just as charming, mysterious and dangerous as you would expect. It's no surprise that the movie grew into a cult classic, and it has stood the test of time quite well. Packed with visual treats, great shoot outs and a plotline packed with politics, it's hard not to enjoy this spaghetti-western.
Franco Nero is excellent as the title character and is really no lesser than the perhaps more appreciated Clint Eastwood. I can't appreciate "Django" as highly as western aficionados would, but as the casual visitor to the genre that I am I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It's packed to the collar with mud, gun-powder, cowboy charm and wit, violence (for its time) and generally evil villains.