In a sense, Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis have always been two peas in a pod. While both have made substantial contributions to popular cinema over the past 30 years, they’ve also always been their own worst enemies. Robert Zemeckis has a filmography full of all-time favorites, yet his Achilles heel has always been his lack of a distinctive filmmaking style. Denzel is a movie star in the classic sense, complete with an iconic persona. His problem has always been his ability (or lack thereof) to choose films which are worthy of his monumental acting talents. While a collaboration between these two might not remedy their perceived flaws, it still might yield something well worth watching.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
To say that the trailer for Django Unchained starts off boldly is an understatement. It begins with a procession of African slaves being led through the desert in chains. After nightfall, their armed captor leads them through the woods by gaslight. They happen upon the seemingly harmless Dr. King Schultz (Christophe Waltz). Just after Django (Jamie Foxx) himself is introduced as one of the slaves, Dr. King Schultz is revealed to be his liberator. As James Brown’s “The Big Payback” kicks in on the soundtrack, a newly unshackled Django throws off his shroud as though he were the Godfather of soul himself. Thus begins the world’s first real look at Django Unchained.