Anticipation is high for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which sees the acclaimed director of films like Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds turning his love of cinema towards the spaghetti western sub-genre pioneered by directors like Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). In true Tarantino style, the usual conventions of the genre have been thrown out and replaced with a revenge tale set in the old American south, which is sure to stir up more than a bit of controversy.
We got a look at the Django Unchained script awhile back (look for our impressions of it after the trailer has debuted), and the most surprising thing is how off-beat and comical the film is. While that shouldn’t be so surprising for a Tarantino film (this is the man who has repeatedly made murder, mutilation, rape, and general sadism into funny affairs) – given the potentially explosive subject matter the filmmaker is covering, I think shock-and-awe were the initial expectations, comedy not so much.
As you can see in the trailer preview, Jamie Foxx (who plays the freed slave, Django) and Christoph Waltz (Django’s bounty hunter mentor) will do plenty of shooting, while Leonardo DiCaprio (as evil plantation master Calvin Candie) will be chewing plenty of scenery in between dropping racial epithets.
All in all, we expect Django Unchained will be another winner from Tarantino; though those who complain that the director’s films are “too talky” may still not find what they are looking for with this film.
Stay tuned for the Django Unchained trailer to drop sometime in the next few days. The film hits theaters on December 25, 2012.