- The big thing that jumps out in bright flashing letters is that DiCaprio is going to absolutely kill in this movie. I could claim I was the one to observe he desperately needed to lighten up, but really, after his endless series of tortured, jaw-clenched, brow-furrowing anti-social head-cases, pretty much the whole Internet reached the conclusion that the dude needed to take a Xanax and do some comedy.
- Now to see Leo sipping from a coconut, smirking like the devil and generally having a blast is an immediate breath of fresh air to his career. I'm tempted to pencil him onto the Best Supporting Actor short list based on this trailer alone
- I'm of the opinion that Marion Cotillard is the most beautiful woman in the world but Kerry Washington certainly puts that theory to the test. After a hat trick of strong ladies with the Bride, Jackie Brown and Shoshanna it looks like it's all about the guys this time, but who can say? Michael Fassbender didn't feature into the Basterds trailer at all and he ended up stealing any scenes Christoph Waltz hadn't already made off with. Speaking of which...
- Great to see Waltz back together with Tarantino. He's made interesting choices since he went supernova with Basterds but he deserves to join Uma and Sam as one of Quentin's go to muses. Like Joe Mantegna with Mamet he just gets how to make Q's dialogue sing.
- Prediction: Bright solid blue suits with frilly doily bows that make the wearer look like Prince time-traveled back to the 19th century are going to be this year's Scorpion Jacket
- This looks to be easily the most satisfying big screen outing for Foxx since the one-two punch of Ray/Collateral way back in 2004. His choices have been spotty since mixing noble failures like The Soloist with misbegotten would-be blockbusters like Law Abiding Citizen. Happy to see him get to the opportunity to flex his considerable acting chops and star charisma. Here's hoping he makes Will Smith kick himself hard for lacking the creative fire to tackle this project.
- The winner of the Quentin Tarantino Career Resuscitation prize appears to be Don Johnson who makes a split second appearance in full on Colonel Sanders regalia. Scuttlebut coming out of the Cannes was that Johnson does wonders with his screen time. Django could always end up with the rare double supporting actor nominees. Quick, without looking what was the last film to land two supporting actor nominees? Hint: You have to go back two decades.
- The visuals look impeccable. Love mixing the wintery landscapes into the traditional western stuff. Glad to see Quentin is going beyond the straight up Leone homage which must have been on his mind.
- No less than two appearances of the Travis Bickle sliding sleeve gun. Too bad this past season of Justified beat it to the punch. Speaking of Justified, no sign of Walton Goggins in the trailer. Excited to see what he can do with QT dialogue.
- Of course the big commotion is going to be over the racial material which would be touchy even if it weren't written by the same man who crafted Nice Guy Eddie's dialogue. There will surely be oceans of digital ink spilt to calculate just how many generations Tarantino set back the cause of civil rights, but why not a film that shows a black character of that era in a context other than noble Oscar-bait suffering? Especially when most Westerns simply flat out ignore racial issues.
- The only cause for concern I spot in is that the blaring funk music used here makes it appear as if Django doesn't approach the material with enough seriousness. But then ANY trailer for a Tarantino film is going to sell it is Fun! Fun! Ass-kicking! Fun! The trailer for Basterds made it look like the Brad Pitt Happy-Time Nazi Beating Fun Show but save for a few moments of questionable goofiness it was never exploitative in its treatment of the subject matter. Entertaining ≠ Disrespectful.
- MC Gainey of Lost and Citizen Ruth fame is always welcome. Of course if he's playing some lunatic, whip-cracking baddie with what appears to be Bible passages fastened to his clothes, well, that's just gravy.
Snap Judgment: Is there any question? This was way up on my list of the year's most anticipated movies, and although this trailer doesn't suggest that this film will dislodge Pulp Fiction from the top of my personal QT Pantheon it is still second only to PT Anderson's The Master as far as my eagerness to see it.