The Weinstein Company spent the day taking down leaked versions, but the wait is finally over: the trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is officially, really, legally here.
Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave" plays over the opening shot of a group of slaves chained together being marched through a dessert, until they meet Christoph Waltz's bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz. They negotiate, and being the shrewd businessman that he is, Waltz acquires our title character, Jamie Foxx's Django. ("The D is silent," he says later in the trailer.) The plot runs like this: Waltz and Foxx go on a bloody mission to kill the Brittle Brothers, who Foxx hates because they captured and sold his wife to Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candle. If they kill all the Brittle Brothers, then Waltz will help Foxx rescue his wife and grant them their freedom.
It's the first trailer so we only get a brief plot primer, some good zingers, and a whole lot of blood splattering on some pretty flowers. DiCaprio is only a day's shave and some wax away from a twirly moustache. He's in full, hammy Western villain mode. We don't think Tarantino is ever going to reach the same highs he hit earlier in his career. This isn't award season fodder, but oh boy does it look fun. Enjoy:
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