Either you like Quentin Tarantino or you don’t. Every since he brought Samuel L. Jackson to the screen as a Bible quoting, foulmouth hitman in Pulp Fiction, I have been a fan. To be fair, his movies tend to be on the violent side and are not anything close to family friendly. But his stories, characters, and dialogue are some of the most original to come through Hollywood. And like a whirlwind comes Django Unchained. From Rottentomatoes.com:
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars 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 (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. 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 (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. — (C) Weinstein
I am excited about this film mainly because every movie which has come near the topic of slavery in America has been handled in very safe, sanitized ways. So no fresh or new stories could come out of this shameful but historic part of the past. Past movies have obvious good characters (the slaves, abolitionist) and obvious bad characters (slavers, plantation owners) and predictable story lines. I hope this is just the start of a new look at this era, the way that The Help brought to life the thoughts and lives of black women working as maids in the 60’s South. The more fresh stories the better.