Being a western fanatic (it was the first genre I really loved) I’m very much looking forward to Tarantino’s Django Unchained, but I’m pretty this film – like all the other magpie’s films – will have a real mix of cinema influences and not dwell too much on being a spaghetti style flick. The recent trailer was met with a mixed reception (certainly online where opinions are formed in a flash or a tweet), but this could be an epic and brilliant affair, much like Inglourious Basterds, which restored by faith in the director somewhat. Plus the cameo at the very end of the trailer in which the original Django (Franco Nero) is seen talking to the new Django (Jamie Foxx) is very cool for ‘the fans’. If you don’t know about the whole Italian spaghetti western era or the Django boom and its imitators, then read a cinema history book!
Moseying onwards pilgrim, there’s a brand new TV spot has appeared online showing a fistful of new shots and Samuel L. Jackson crops up, too. We’ve already had the theatrical trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest picture, which you can see here. Django Unchained is released in UK cinemas on 18th January next year.
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…
US Release Date: 25th December
UK Release Date: 18th January, 2013