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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Quentin Tarantino Creates a Sleek Slavery Drama in the First Trailer for "Django Unchained"

Nothing says the holidays like a good old-fashioned slave comedy.

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino, who once flipped the story of World War II on its ear in Inglorious Basterds, returns for another era-bender with Django Unchained.

This time, the Oscar winner assembles a glittery cast of Hollywood's elite, including his Basterds star Christoph Waltz, in an incredibly intriguing story of a slave (Jamie Foxx) who gets his get-out-of-slavery free card by shady bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), in exchange for a pretty heavy favor. Check out the full synopsis on the movie by The Weinstein Company (taken from Collider):

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
In case you haven't already heard, this has been one of the most talked about movie releases of 2012. True to Tarantino form, the trailer looks slick and cool as all get out.

Tackling a controversial subject and putting a spin on a much heated era in history, Tarantino assembled major Hollywood heavyweights, including DiCaprio (in his first villainous onscreen role) and hugely underrated actress Kerry Washington, while also aiming to resurrect the career of Don Johnson (John Travolta-style, I imagine). If anyone can do it, I bet Tarantino can. Not to mention, Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson go together like biscuits and gravy. It will be interesting to see how Foxx does in a role like this (which, in looking at the trailer, seems to fit him like a glove), as well as Kurt Russell, whose career has been aggressively uneven, but respected.

Thoughts on the trailer? Django Unchained is in theaters December 25th.


Daniel said...

I'm looking foward it to like crazy, X-mas seems like a long long ways away....

Andrew K. said...

I don't love Tarainto, and I'm not too fond of Foxx. But, I do love DiCaprio (I've cooled on him slightly since 2010, but I still like him) and I'm so ready for Kerry to find the love she deserves on the big screen. Will this finally be that *breakout* performance I've been waiting for since SAVE THE LAST DANCE?
(Granted, I've enjoyed her loads since then, but general audiences don't seem to be biting, maybe this is it.)

Dankwa Brooks said...

This is what I said on another site.

On paper I was HYPED about this film. After seeing this trailer...not so much. I wasn't expecting a serious pic about slavery, but I wasn't expecting it to seem
so trivialized and stylized. I DID NOT LIKE the addition of the James Brown song. I know that's Tatantino's style and it's probably for the trailer only, but it seems like something "From the creators of Black Dynamite" meaning
turning slavery into parody.

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