As cool as it is to see these pics, there is one thing I'm curious about that photos can't really capture, and that is how Tarantino tackles the subject matter of slavery. I mean, yes, I've read the script, but reading is one thing, and seeing it actually play out on screen is another. I feel like this is something that he's never had to deal with. Not slavery, but human suffering. In Inglourious Basterds, we saw just a brief glimpse of the horrors of living during WW II, as Landa slaughtered the family at the farm. But beyond that, the Nazis are depicted more or less how they're normally depicted, and the horrors of war and living under the Nazis aren't really explored. That's not the case with Django Unchained. Yes, it's a Tarantino western, and it features the usual badass moments you'd find in a western. And has its funny moments and great dialog. But it also bluntly depicts the horrors of slavery. And not just slaves toiling in the field, or being sold on the auction block (although there's all of that too). I'm talking about how slaves are casually disposed off, and sometimes not so casually disposed of. How some of them are exploited sexually. How some of them are driven as cattle. There's a scene in the script where one character depicts his surrounding as being like something out of Dante's Inferno. It's this kind of stuff I wonder how American audiences will react to? Because this is not just a standard Western. This is also about American history. Ugly American history. And I think anyone just expecting a fun, Tarantino western might be in for a rude awakening. I don't think those who are not familiar with the script realize just how radical this movie could be, how controversial it could be.
The next "The Help" in our hands
I trust Tarantino, he has the correct sensibilities to deal with a movie that tackles an issue as large and as powerful as slavery.
Then again, as we all know, his movies haven't always been the most...................politically correct