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Django Unchained Trailer Finally Released!

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The trailer for Tarantino’s much-anticipated film is out and it looks, unsurprisingly, amazing.

Django Unchained Trailer Finally Released!

With The Weinstein Company’s constant efforts to keep news about the film under wraps, the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new project, Django Unchained, is now officially out. My first thoughts on the film are that it looks exactly like what we’ve been promised: a quiet, stunningly accurate contemplation on slavery in the Deep South. Aw, who am I kidding? It’s Tarantino. If his last film Inglourious Basterds is anything to go by, it’s going to be anything but understated or historically accurate. No, by the looks of this trailer, expect sleek, anachronistic dialogue, quick yet focused editing, and of course, trademark Tarantino humor. Check it out here:

The film is about Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave attempting to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a ruthless plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Yes, you read that correctly. As his depraved smile in the trailer indicates, Leo’s come a long way from the idealistic hero betrayed in 1997’s Titanic (“I’ll never let go, Jack.” Yeah, right.) Look what you’ve done, Kate Winslet. Now he owns slaves.

Django Unchained seems like an all-star smorgasbord of Tarantino’s previous works. We’ve got the revenge aspect of Kill Bill¸ the Blaxploitation feel of Jackie Brown, the grindhouse-y trailer of, well, Grindhouse, and an amazingly talented ensemble cast akin to Pulp Fiction. Foxx and DiCaprio are joined by Christoph Waltz, who played the chilling Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, along with Samuel L. Jackson.

As the high-spirited funk music in the trailer might tell us, Roots this is not. Django Unchained deals with some pretty heavy subject matter. Some viewers might not appreciate the campy approach the film takes to this sensitive portion of our nation’s history. However, I have every reason to believe that Tarantino will handle this deftly and skillfully. If you manage to leave the theater without laughing at something you should feel uncomfortable about, you're watching the wrong movie.

Django Unchained is scheduled for release way too late: December 25th, 2012. Still, it looks to be well worth the wait. Now on Christmas Day, when you’re begging friends and family to forsake their presents for Django Unchained, just remember Jamie Foxx’s words on the pronunciation: “Django. The 'D' is silent.”

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Comments (1)
  1. David Rodriguez's profile

    David Rodriguez

    June 6th, 2012 @20:39

    Great read. I love Tarantino and his work. The way he takes emotionally grievous times in history (like the slave trade and Nazi Germany), and molds them into a story with a new light is both refreshing and admirable.

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