“Django Unchained” is truly the apotheosis of Quentin Tarantino’s cult for violent genre films. It’s the western reimagined as a racial revenge fantasy, much like how Tarantino rewrote the WWII genre so that a Jewish guerrilla group could overthrow Hitler in “Inglourious Basterds.”
Jamie Foxx plays a freed slave turned bounty hunter who can take down the masters and unleash his love in the process. Tarantino originally wanted Will Smith for the role, but the Fresh Prince told The Hollywood Reporter he turned down the author’s offer when Tarantino wouldn’t turn his genre film into a sleazy love story. Big Willy then did âMen in Black 3â and âAfter Earthâ instead, so we could all cry imagining what Tarantino could have done with Smith playing against the guy.
In this universe, Foxx’s turn in Django made a bloody masterpiece, mixing the western and blaxploitation genres. “Blaxploitation” was pejorative at first, but Tarantino grew up loving those luscious, low-budget movies without irony, and first put his money where his mouth is with “Jackie Brown,” the only film in his canon that didn’t. is not an original screenplay.
Django also offers a form of racial catharsis specific to Quentin verse. Foxx’s companion in the bounty hunting industry is the charismatic Christoph Waltz, who plays a dashing German dentist with a zeal to hunt down outlaws. Tarantino really took him to the Germans with âInglourious Basterdsâ in 2009, but made sure to portray one of Deutschland’s own as a racially enlightened hero three years later for âDjangoâ.