Cool is a funny thing, a quality that can't really be intentionally cultivated, but Tarantino just evokes cool, even when his story follows a freed-slave-turned-bounty-hunter and his partner, a former dentist, finding said slave's beloved wife and exacting revenge on the truly despicable son of a bitch who claims ownership over her. Doubtless, there will be all manner of ugliness in Django Unchained, but based on this trailer, that nastiness is to be balanced out by strutting cool.
This trailer gives more of everything we saw in the first theatrical trailer. Jamie Foxx is almost superheroic as the title character, Christoph Waltz is unimpeachably loquacious as Dr. King Schultz, Samuel L. Jackson exudes quiet calculation as Stephen, and Leonardo DiCaprio practically frolics with unhinged, over-the-top villainy.
And there's even a little nugget of Jonah Hill's small, surgically funny role in the film.
See for yourself in the trailer below or watch it in high definition at Apple, where it premiered this evening.
Production on the film ran extraordinarily long as Tarantino indulged his tendency to tinker and tweak the screenplay as he shot. Principal photography went long enough that there have been doubts that Tarantino would be able to deliver Django Unchained by the December 25th release date, particularly since this is his first film without his longtime editor, the late Sally Menke. The Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures are confidently throwing down, though, and it looks like the revenge tale will indeed be in theaters on Christmas Day.
So yes, your Christmas presents this year will include Don Johnson dressed up like Colonel Sanders.