Django Unchained sees acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino busting into the spaghetti western sub-genre that was pioneered by directors like Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). In true Tarantino fashion, the usual conventions of the genre have been thrown out and replaced with a revenge tale about a freed slave named Django (Jamie Foxx), who is looking to also free his wife (Kerry Washington) from bondage (the slavery kind, and quite possibly the kinky S&M kind). Set in the old American south, this film has been expected to stir up more than a bit of controversy with its violent revisionist fantasy.
The Django Unchained trailer is now online, and while the film clearly has both the controversial and violent elements that many expected, the level humor and oddity may take some people by surprise.
As we’ve said before, we got a look at the Django Unchained script awhile back – which we can now authenticate, as it contained several moments featured in the trailer – and it was definitely off-beat and comical in terms of scene composition and pacing. While that shouldn’t be surprising for a Tarantino film (after all, this is the man who has repeatedly made murder, mutilation, rape, and general sadism into funny events), shock-and-awe were, as stated, the initial expectations for Django Unchained.
As you can see in the trailer, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz (as Django’s bounty hunter mentor) have an interesting rapport, while Leonardo DiCaprio (as evil plantation master Calvin Candie) looks to be having a gleeful time playing a truly heinous villain. The austere outdoor locations are visually captivating, with scenes like Django being marched along in a chain gang, or polar bear swimming in an icy lake, contrasting beautifully with the garishly colorful interior sets (like Candie’s pleasure house). On the whole, this looks to be one of Tarantino’s most beautifully shot films – and after Kill Bill, that’s really saying something.
Django Unchained hits theaters on December 25, 2012.