Early ‘Django Unchained’ Footage Descriptions & Reactions

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

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Quentin Tarantino still has more than two months left of shooting on Django Unchained – and yet already, a trailer for the western revenge tale (which is actually set in the pre-Civil War South) premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Some 7-8 minutes of footage from Django Unchained was screened for the media in attendance at this year’s Cannes – along with material from such titles as P.T. Anderson’s The Master and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. To top off a day that also saw the Master teaser trailer pop up online, we’ve rounded up a handful of descriptions and reactions to the scenes shown from Tarantino’s latest (and they’re SPOILER-FREE to boot).

Here’s an excerpt from Indiewire‘s scoop on the Django Unchained footage:

While it’s not sensationally expolitative like its predecessor “Mandingo,” Tarantino’s movie is designed to blow people’s gaskets. He knows what he’s doing… What the footage reveals is that for the moment, while Tarantino has described the film as a “southern,” Weinstein Co. is selling this as a bang-up western, packed with physical comedy and bloody action and hell-bent revenge. And yes, it looks like a classic widescreen Sergio Leone western, even if the setting is New Orleans and Mississippi two years before the Civil War. (The music on the trailer ranged from classic Johnny Cash to James Brown. No Ennio Morricone here. As yet.)… Tarantino is taking the revenge western to a whole new level as the two bounty hunters [Dr. Schultz and Django, played by Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx] shoot their way through the unsuspecting South. It looks like the first Leone-esque section of “Inglourious Basterds,” and it’s about fighting injustice, except that this time it’s not Brad Pitt against the Nazis in World War II–it’s an angry black man getting his own back from racist white southerners before the Civil War.

Next, we have some thoughts on the footage from AICN:

I’d say overall we saw about 4 or 5 minutes of Django Unchained and I gotta tell you… I wasn’t anticipating the amount of humor in the movie… Much like Inglourious Basterds before it, I painted a different picture in my mind, in this case a sweaty southern gothic story. But once Christoph Waltz shows up in his carriage with a giant tooth bouncing back and forth from the roof trying to negotiate a deal with a slave driver I began to get the tone… Again, this thing just looks like a ton of fun and while I was already excited for the movie I’m now officially giddy. All the location work makes the film look huge, Foxx is at the top of his game it appears, Waltz is loveable, funny and dangerous all at once and it just feels like everybody is having a blast.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Django Unchained'

To top all that off, here is Vulture‘s report on the screened footage:

The big surprise? How funny this potentially controversial Western has turned out to be. In particular, Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie, whom freed slave Jamie Foxx and bounty hunter Christoph Waltz must defeat in order to save Foxx’s wife Kerry Washington. You’ll get a periwinkle-suited Foxx shooting lumpy blood chunks out of racist hicks (and an innocent snowman in one scene), and you’ll laugh! You’ll get Don Johnson dressed as Colonel Sanders! And you’ll get an instant catchphrase from a cooly underplaying Foxx, when he’s asked his name: “Django. The D is silent.”

So, there you have it. It sounds as though the early consensus (based solely on the trailer shown) is that Tarantino looks to serve up yet another healthy helping of pulpy entertainment – one that proudly wears its spaghetti western influences on its sleeve, beyond either Inglourious Bastards or Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

Admittedly though, all the surprised reactions about the amount of twisted comedy in Django Unchained are a bit… well, surprising themselves. Isn’t off-beat humor a Tarantino trademark, by this point? Moving on…

Django Unchained opens in theaters around the U.S. on December 25th, 2012.

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Source: See the aforementioned sites [tip of the hat to Collider]

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  1. It sounds like they love it, and he is one of my favorite directors so I can’t wait to see this movie.

  2. Really looking forward to Walton Goggins in this movie as well. Christmas can’t come soon enough.

  3. What happened to releasing christmas movies on christmas? U am very excited for the movie but I don’t like its release date. Arthur christmas last year came out in november… last year it was the darkest hour and war horse

  4. I’ve been anticipating this movie since I first heard about it. You have now made me even more excited about this movie.

  5. I cannot wait for Django Unchained. Forget The Hobbit or Spiderman blah blah. Tarantino is amazing.

    • He didn’t say Prometheus, or Dark Knight Rises.

  6. I got to go see Pulp Fiction on the big screen last night,a real treat to see one of my favourite films on something other than a tv screen. But it reminded just how much I love his films, and the cast (Fozz aside) is absolutely fantastic.

  7. one thing i hate about tarantino is too much monolouging! atleast even it out.

    • That’s his thing though. I guess it’s one of those things you either love or hate about him.

  8. I personally can not wait. My most anticipated behind Amazing Spider-Man(I’m a huge Spidey fan) From what I’ve heard the script is a long one. Probably looking at a 2hr + running time.

  9. this line made me laugh

    “Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs”

    u can tell Leonardo DiCaprio always wanted to say the N-Word out loud LOL

  10. It has a Jamie Foxx… I am going to pass on this one. I’ve not liked him in anything he has done. Comedic or serious.

  11. I’m very excited for this movie. Haven’t seen Pulp Fiction in years, but I’ve seen Inglorious Basterds twice or so, and recently saw Jackie Brown. Also saw parts of the Kill Bill movies. Tarantino’s movies are so, well, Tarantino, and that’s a good thing. His particular style works for his movies, if that makes sense.

    I also love the cast. Haven’t really seen too much of Foxx, but you don’t get an Oscar for being a mediocre actor. I hated Waltz’s character in Inglorious Basterds, but of course, you were supposed to, so that means he succeeded. And he too won an oscar, for that role). And I love Leo, and I’m very excited to see him play a villain, which I don’t recall ever seeing. If I’m not mistaken, he’s always playing the good guy, or at least, a complicated guy. Never a flat-out villain.

    Sounds like everyone involved is having a lot of fun, and hopefully I will too come Christmas

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