This new spot flies through the plot introduction and focuses on the violence perpetrated by Django (Jamie Foxx) and Schultz (Christoph Waltz) as they hunt down the Brittle Brothers and attempt to free Django’s wife from evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
I was left a bit cold by the other trailers for Django Unchained. They seemed to have tipped the balance too far towards silly comedy moments rather than the violence and drama that the storyline and the genre demands. What makes some of Tarantino’s best work so brilliant is that it nails the balance between those two factors. Pulp Fiction especially perfectly married the comedy with drama and, as such, it is rightly considered a masterpiece.
Thankfully, this trailer gets the balance correct, suggesting that the film is every bit as gritty as it should be, on top of the comedy that we’ve already seen. Further bonus points are deserved for the prominence of Samuel L Jackson in this promo, showing that the great man is not going to simply be a cameo.
Based on this promo, I’m thinking that I can actually be excited for Django Unchained again and hopefully Tarantino will remain among my favourite directors as a result of yet another hit.
Django Unchained will be released in the UK on January 18th 2013.