Django Unchained TV Spot Cuts To The Chase
It's nearly December, meaning we're mere weeks away from the release of Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's follow-up to the Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds. And just in case you've somehow missed out on all the buzz about his hotly anticipated take on the spaghetti Western, the latest TV spot catches you up quick, breaking down the plot in just 15 seconds. Then there's plenty of time for star spotting and swagger.
Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a burly and fearless slave who is unchained by dentist and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, played by Inglourious Basterds' Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz. Schultz needs Django to ID his latest targets, three brutal brothers and slavers. In exchange for his cooperation, he teaches Django the trade of bounty hunting, and promises to help him track down and free his wife who has been forced into slavery.
Tarantino has made a career out of taking genres deemed low-class to incredible new heights. Here he's clearly blending spaghetti Western tropes with Blaxploitation. Will it become the critical darling that Inglourious Basterds was? At this point, it's hard to say. However, with a cast that not only boasts Oscar-winners Foxx and Waltz but also Leonardo DiCaprio as a smiling (he's actually smiling!) slave owner and Samuel L. Jackson as a leery sage, this drama is stacked with heavy hitters. But as the first film Tarantino's made with out his dedicated editor Sally Menke, who tragically died in 2010, there's a bit of a wild card element about how Django might turn out.
Will her replacement Fred Raskin, who was an assistant editor under Menke on Kill Bill: Vol1 & 2, be up to the incredible task and high bar set before him? Or will there be a bit of a backslide? We'll find out Christmas Day when Django Unchained is released.
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