Over the weekend, Quentin Tarantino was introduced to its first audience sponsored by the Directors Guild of America. As expected, the spaghetti Western movie successfully amazed the viewers and quickly stirred awards chatter. Though critics were not allowed to publish their reviews yet, they already took to social media to share their positive comments on the movie.
As highlighted by /Film, most reviewers praised "Django" for presenting witty humor in between the violent scenes during the 2 hours 40 minutes runtime. Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood wrote, "Django unchained is super violent spaghetti western w/ anachronistic songs. waltz & jackson steal it. All talk & action. 1st screening."
She added, "Standing ovation for Tarantino at DGA. Taylor hackford doing q and a." Also having nothing but good words was Criterion Corner's David Ehrlich who tweeted, "DJANGO UNCHAINED: holy s***. brutally hilarious spaghetti comedy does for business what Basterds did for war. Best American film of 2012."
"Looper" director Rian Johnson gushed, "Django was terrific. DiCaprio blows the roof off the joint," while New York Post's Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick enthused, "Just watched what was basically a three-hour homage to BLAZING SADDLES."
More positive reviews came from attendee Jeff Goldsmith who wrote, "From start to finish Django Unchained is a fantastic crowd pleaser. Smartly humorous, great action & dialogue - Definite awards." He continued, "As for performances all were on par with what you want from a QT film = fantastic!"
"Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's first DGA film, is funny, crazy violent, thoroughly entertaining. Luv that Christoph Waltz," added D-Dub. Actress Noree Victoria stated, "Ho. Ly. Crap. #DjangoUnchained! BEYOND BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES! INCREDIBLE Q&A with Mr. Tarantino himself!" and Eric Appel wrote, "Well, Django Unchained is f***ing incredible. S***, man. The best. Tarantino is the King! Wow!"
"Django Unchained" will come out in theaters across the U.S. on December 25. The highly-praised movie is supported by a host of A-listers including Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kerry Washington and Jonah Hill.
The film is set in the South two years before the Civil War. It follows Foxx's titular character, a freed slave who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter King Schultz (Waltz), becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself. After assisting Schultz in taking down some bad guys for profit, Django tracks down his slave wife (Washington) and liberates her from an evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).