Quentin Tarantino hasn't even finished the filming of "Django Unchained", but he already received praises for its very first footage premiered during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Most of the critics and film reviewers, who had a chance to watch the footage, were left impressed, and quickly dubbed the film a potential awards season contender.
The sneak peek was highly praised for presenting a mixture of sharp humor and brutal violence. Empire magazine sang praises, "Harvey Weinstein just presented 7 mins of Django Unchained. Looks ace. We're tipping Fritz the nodding horse to be a breakout star," while Drew McWheeny of Hitfix gushed, "OMFG, 'Django Unchained' looks so good. SO GOOD."
Meanwhile, Vulture wrote, "The big surprise? How funny this potentially controversial Western has turned out to be. In particular, Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie..."
"You'll get a periwinkle-suited [Jamie] Foxx shooting lumpy blood chunks out of racist hicks (and an innocent snowman in one scene), and you'll laugh! You'll get Don Johnson dressed as Colonel Sanders!" so the movie site described the much-talked-about footage.
Raffi Asdourian of The Film Stage added, " 'Django Unchained' looks f'n badass... 7 minute trailer ending with Jamie Foxx shooting his pistol to James Brown 'Payback' 'The D is Silent'." As for Twitch, the film site wrote, " 'Django' gets the most whoops. Plenty of blood, plenty of laughs. Looks like it will be the Cristoph Waltz show. 'The D is silent'."
Another positive review came from Ain't It Cool, which stated, "Much like 'Inglourious Basterds' before it, I painted a different picture in my mind, in this case a sweaty southern Gothic story." The site added, "But once Christoph Waltz shows up in his carriage with a giant tooth bouncing back and forth from the roof trying to negotiate a deal with a slave driver I began to get the tone... All the location work makes the film look huge, Foxx is at the top of his game it appears, Waltz is loveable, funny and dangerous all at once and it just feels like everybody is having a blast."
The Weinstein Company invited around 50 journalists on Monday, May 21 to watch the sceening of the footage at the Majestic. Along with a preview of "Django", the company revealed a very first look at David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master". "These are three unique masters of cinema," Harvey Weinstein asserted. "These are some of the best films we've ever been associated with."
"Django Unchained" focuses on Foxx as the titular freed slave who, after learning the tricks of the trade from a German bounty hunter, sets out to free his still enslaved wife from sadistic plantation owner Calvin Candie. Despite its genre, the movie will be released in the U.S. just in time for Christmas holiday on December 25.