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Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Has a Trailer… It’s Gooooood

The day you all I’ve been waiting for has come: the official trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is released. Check it out:

Phew! That looks like a good time. In case you didn’t gather the basic plot from the above preview because you were too distracted by the awesome funk soundtrack, Django (“The ‘D’ is silent”) Unchained is about a slave (played by Jamie Foxx) who is recruited by a bounty hunter (the amazing Christoph Waltz) to track down some no-good rednecks. Django has his own side agenda, which is to track down his kidnapped wife, who I believe is in the possession of a dastardly slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

I’ve been on top of the production since late last summer. Despite many reports to the contrary, production actually began last November (not January) and they utilized locations north of Los Angeles and parts of Louisiana to get the Western-genre feel. From the looks of things, the barren mountains up north of LaLa-land are quite effective.

This is essentially Tarantino’s fifth straight film with a revenge theme after Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds. QT likes on-screen vigilante justice, and so do I. He also has shown a keen sense for directing suspense over the years, particularly with Basterds and Pulp Fiction. And all of his aforementioned pictures, as well as Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs, are also ripe with biting dark humor and witty dialogue. My hopes is that Django Unchained is his ultimate genre-blending masterpiece. It probably won’t be– I’m just hoping. However, the man hasn’t made a misstep in his career thus far (some of you might argue that his Death Proof-half of Grindhouse was weak; I say watch the whole double feature and shut up). Django Unchained has the potential to become an instant classic the same way that Pulp Fiction did.

Tarantino has practically become a brand name, which I see as a positive. Auteur directors with their own distinct style, such as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick, make many memorable, enduring films, not just one or two. Tarantino is that caliber of filmmaker. He’s getting older, but he’s shown no signs of losing his passion for movies. He has mentioned in the past he can’t picture himself making films well into old age and the time may come to hang up his spurs and quit the directing game. With an edgy script about an escaped slave hellbent on vengeance coming soon, the man obviously isn’t mellowing, and I’ll be amazed if ten or twenty years from now he won’t still be writing the same provocative, twisted goodness he’s known for (“He is a rambunctious sort, ain’t he?”).

The Christmas release date for Django Unchained can’t come soon enough. And a little history note– Jackie Brown had a Christmas day U.S. release in 1997. Personally, I think that’s a damn good sign.

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