December 13th, 2012
(BlackMediaScoop) Uh oh…the movie isn’t even out yet but it’s already sparking outrage. Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained, which will open on Christmas Day, focuses on the partnership between a former slave who becomes a bounty hunter who enjoys killing white people in his pursuit for his captured wife.
A screening of the film on Tuesday led to reviews that warn of extreme violence and excessive cursing. ‘Quite naturally, given the historical setting, the N-word gets a heavy workout, by whites and blacks alike. But much more forceful is the cruelty dispensed by the Southern whites, both as punishment and whim,’ a review in The Hollywood Reporter says.
Among the scarring acts are instances when attack dogs are released on a man, and black fighters are forced to fight to the death in an ornate drawing room simply for the entertainment of a white plantation owner.
Trailers for the film (video below) make no attempts to veil the violence, as the main character Django, played by Jamie Foxx, is shown to have painful scars on his back to imply that he had a history of being beaten. Adding to the inherent violence is the fact that Foxx pairs up with Christopher Waltz’s character of Dr. King Schultz, a German bounty hunter who comes to Texas looking to kill a set of brothers that Django is able to identify.
The pair go on a coordinated killing spree looking for the brothers in question, and using their guns and whips as a way of achieving vengeance. At one point, Schultz asks Django if he enjoys his new role as a bounty hunter, and the former slave replies ‘Kill white folks and they pay you for it- What’s not to like?’
Foxx used the same line during his opening monologue while hosting Saturday Night Live last week- as part of the promotion of the film- and brushed off the ensuing criticism saying that he is a comedian and it is meant as a joke. ‘Of course there are hot button issues– the language and violence, and everything like that but the way (the film) landed, I mean when you watch this play in front of an audience, it’s amazing,’ Foxx said of the film. ‘It takes you to those moments that are dark and tough to watch, but (there) are a lot of moments that come from out of nowhere that makes the whole audience bubble up.’