Tarantino’s fascination with setting continues in “Django Unchained.” His previous, almost wildly imaginative works have always belonged to whatever real or fictional world he put them in, from Hitler’s Germany to the astounding scenarios of “Kill Bill.”
This time, he’s serving us a kind of Western we’ve never been served before — a Tarantino Western. And it looks as if it’s got every dish Tarantino serves best. We have the wronged-but-never-vulnerable protagonist seeking revenge from wrongdoers, played by Jamie Foxx. Django is a slave freed by a bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) who’s on a mission to free his wife from a viciously conniving plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Foxx’s character has a reason to kill — we see a lot of him doing it in the trailer, and we’ll undoubtedly see a lot more.
Which is why Tarantino has a wicked sense of humor — the bloody and unforgiving gore-fest that’s bound to be “Django” comes out on Christmas. But times are a-changin’, and “It’s a Wonderful Life” has spent far too long at the forefront of go-to holiday season movies. It’s time Tarantino conquered that illusive territory, all in good style.