Quentin Tarantino’s latest film has been steadily gathering buzz ever since the director started showing bits and pieces of it at places like the recent Cannes Film Festival. Word is that this Spaghetti Western — or Southern, as he likes to call it — is chock-full of snappy dialogue, dazzling imagery, and explosive violence. Sounds like Tarantino, alright. Now, here is the trailer at last, and they were right. “Django Unchained” looks like it could do for Westerns what “Pulp Fiction” did for the crime genre. Exploding conventions even while homaging them. All in a style that is by now recognisably his own. Some day, Tarantino might end up becoming a parody of himself. But that day is far away. Right now, this is a filmmaker at the top of his game. And I for one, cannot wait.
Here’s the official synopsis: “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…”
“Django Unchained” premieres 25th December in the US. Expect it early 2013 in Malaysia.