There are still six months to go until Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained hits theaters; and yet, we’ve already seen a teaser and international trailer for the film, which melds Tarantino’s sadistic sense of humor with a bloody tale of revenge about an ex-slave-turned bounty hunter’s (Jamie Foxx) attempts to rescue his wife from the most despicable batch of slave owners and plantation heads one could imagine having lived in the pre-Civil War South.
The Weinstein Company is hoping to use the double-edged sword of controversy to get people buzzing about Django Unchained well before its release. Hence, today we can offer a minute-long TV spot for the film (that premiered during the 2012 BET Awards Ceremony).
This Django Unchained TV spot really highlights the spaghetti western influence of the film, with elements like: the friendship between Django and bounty hunter Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz); the use of snap-zooms and other western tropes; a guest appearance by the actor behind the original Django character, Franco Nero – and, sampling from the work of five-time Oscar-nominee Ennio Morricone, who was responsible for scoring such titles as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West (among too many other famous films to recount here).
Samuel L. Jackson’s role in Django Unchained is also teased here. The fan-favorite actor is playing Stephen, the vile Calvin Candie’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) longtime house slave; a refined gentleman and crafty figure, who has achieved a status where he can insult his master to his own face. Jackson’s character also clings to a twisted traditionalist view, which allows him to rationalize the oppression and enslavement of African-Americans (including, himself). Naturally, Stephen and Django eventually come into direct conflict with one another.
Samuel L. Jackson in 'Django Unchained'
Obviously, there’s a lot of material in Django Unchained that should get people mad. That’ll be on top of the usual complaints about Tarantino’s breed of cinema (the lengthy monologues, constant stylistic throwbacks). The filmmaker’s fans in general are already psyched to see the final movie, to find out how it compares to his first helping of revisionist history-meets-old-fashioned genre fare, which was Inglourious Bastards. People who normally are put off by the man’s storytelling style… well, even they seem mildly curious (wary?) about how this thing is going to turn out.
Django Unchained will be loosed in theaters around the U.S. on Christmas Day.