Dec 202012

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) was fun alternate history, and Django Unchained appears to be in the same vein, possibly even more over-the-top than Basterds.

Telling the story of a slave who is freed and trained to be a bounty hunter, the movie will undoubtedly show some of the horrors faced by slaves living on a plantation, but the focus will probably be people dressed in fancy clothes, razor-sharp dialogue and killing, a lot of killing. This is not a bad thing, although I doubt that Tarantino will be invited to address the next meeting of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

For those wanting a more realistic look at slavery in the United States just prior to the American Civil War (1861-1865), Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, will be coming out later next year. Telling the story of a black man in the north, who is kidnapped into slavery in the south in the 1850s, it will probably be devoid of fancy clothes, razor-sharp dialogue or anything remotely cheerful. I am sure that it will be a good movie, and it is certainly an important subject, but it will be a grim experience, so I am definitely looking forward to Django Unchained.