We’re still trying to figure out Quentin Tarantino’s next picture, Django Unchained. Is it an Oscar player, as his Inglourious Basterds ended up being? Is it a deliberately off-the-rails romp through a difficult period in U.S. history? And even though it comes out on Dec. 25, we certainly don’t think it’s a Christmas movie. What does Tarantino have in store?
The new international trailer for QT’s Django sheds a little more light on the situation. Using footage previously seen in earlier trailers, it establishes the story of a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) who partners with the former slave (Jamie Foxx) to rescue the man’s wife (Kerry Washington) from a deranged plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
But if you’ve seen the longer cuts of the first few Django trailers, you have seen most of this footage. The main difference is the editing here, which is quicker, more lively, and suggestive of the “romp” I talked about at the start of the piece. It’s very possible Tarantino is going for Oscar glory with Django Unchained. The film tackles slavery, and when I had the opportunity to interview the cast in San Diego for Comic-Con, they all raved about the power and gravitas of Washington’s difficult performance.
Django, however, could also be a gritty and violent strut through complicated issues, akin to Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, as well. With the unpredictable Tarantino, the audience truly never can tell.
Here’s the international trailer for Django. Hopefully it will help tide you over as you wait for the film’s Christmas Day release.