Reactions to First Footage from Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED

     May 21, 2012


Earlier today, we got our first look at director Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited new film The Master by way of a brief teaser.  While it was definitely great way to start the day, select folks over at the Cannes Film Festival were treated to something a bit more special.  The Weinstein Company offered an extended look at The Master, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook a few hours ago.

While us common folk have to wait a while to see anything from the aforementioned titles, we’ve compiled a round-up of reactions to the footage from Tarantino’s latest for those interested to see how the pic is shaping up.  Hit the jump for more.

django-unchained-movie-poster-teaserThe most rapturous response (unexpectedly) came from Django Unchained.  The Weinstein Company showed off seven minutes of footage, and we’ll kick things off with some Twitter reactions:

Drew McWheeny, Hitfix:

“OMFG, ‘Django Unchained’ looks so good. SO GOOD. #Cannes”

Raffi Asdourian, The Film Stage:

“‘Django Unchained’ looks f’n badass… 7 minute trailer ending with Jamie Foxx shooting his pistol to James Brown ‘Payback’ ‘The D is Silent’”


“‘Django’ gets the most whoops. Plenty of blood, plenty of laughs. Looks like it will be the Cristophe Waltz show. ‘The D is silent.’ #Cannes”

Now we’ll get to some more elaborate descriptions of the footage.  First up, here’s what the folks at Vulture had to say:

“The big surprise? How funny this potentially controversial Western has turned out to be. In particular, Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie… You’ll get a periwinkle-suited Foxx shooting lumpy blood chunks out of racist hicks (and an innocent snowman in one scene), and you’ll laugh! You’ll get Don Johnson dressed as Colonel Sanders!”

django-unchained-movie-image-leonardo-dicaprioHere’s Quint from Ain’t it Cool News’ reaction:

Much like Inglourious Basterds before it, I painted a different picture in my mind, in this case a sweaty southern gothic story. But once Christoph Waltz shows up in his carriage with a giant tooth bouncing back and forth from the roof trying to negotiate a deal with a slave driver I began to get the tone… All the location work makes the film look huge, Foxx is at the top of his game it appears, Waltz is loveable, funny and dangerous all at once and it just feels like everybody is having a blast.

django-unchained-movie-image-christoph-waltz-jamie-foxxAnd finally, here’s an excerpt from Anne Thompson’s write-up:

“What the footage reveals is that for the moment, while Tarantino has described the film as a “southern,” Weinstein Co. is selling this as a bang-up western, packed with physical comedy and bloody action and hell-bent revenge. And yes, it looks like a classic widescreen Sergio Leone western, even if the setting is New Orleans and Mississippi two years before the Civil War. (The music on the trailer ranged from classic Johnny Cash to James Brown. No Ennio Morricone here. As yet.)”

All in all, this sounds very, very promising; especially given that Tarantino still has a great deal of the movie left to shoot.  Hopefully we see a teaser trailer relatively soon so we too can marvel at the promise of a new film from Quentin Tarantino.

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  • Jazzy Jace

    And poor image-conscious Will Smith wanted nothing to do with this movie – douche-nozzle.


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  • titan3

    sounds like some supp. actor oscar-bait for Leo… if he doesn’t even get a nomination, he must have pissed off god, allah, buddha, and every greek god as well!

  • junierizzle

    Good to hear. Between this, Master and TDKR, 2012 might be legen-wait for it-dary.

  • Strong Enough

    so nobody read the script?

    its good but long as hell

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  • xuc

    It’s Tarantino. Of course it sucks.

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  • Coolerking

    Sounds stupid and foolish. Ultra racist and idiotic whites being justifiably gunned down by a righteous black dude. Just what our Trayvon-soaked racial tension in this country needs right now.

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  • JD

    I simply CAN NOT wait for this movie!! I read the script, it is so much fun, so much Tarantino. Its really going to be fantastic. What a Xmas day gift from QT!

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  • Donella

    I don’t know the secrets of Tarantino’s heart or head. But the content that he’s produced for the past two decades is public. Tarantino happens to utter racial epithets against Black people and writes scripts using epithets against Black people frequently, repetitively, often, and usually. With the financial support of The Weinstein Company, Tarantino has distributed racial epithets and content negative towards Black people around the world while Black directors with limited access have not had the financial means to counterbalance Tarantino’s negative portrayals and distribute them with equal access around the world. Strangely enough, Tarantino does not utter or write racial epithets against Native Americans, Jews, Asians, Italians, Irish, or other racial and ethnic minorities with the same frequency (if ever). I wonder why that is? Also, the portrayal of the female “lead” in Django Unchained that he plans to distribute around the world is sexually explicit and extremely violence. He chose not to portray the female lead in Inglorious Basterds as a repeated victim of sexual violence. He portrayed her as a heroine and driver of action and then distributed that image around the world. Anyone with vocal cords can say a racial epithet and tell stories of sexual violence against Black people. Anyone with access to writing implements can write a script with racial epithets and sexual violence against Black people. Anyone with access to money can distribute racial epithets and sexual violence against Black people (on Christmas Day). However, anyone with eyes and eardrums and a tendency to bypass movies produced by companies and directors with suspicious motives can hold that person accountable.

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