In this film, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis tell the story of America’s most lauded president along with what is quite possibly the largest, strongest supporting cast of the year. What genuinely excites me is the fact that this story hasn’t been tainted by a million other takes on the subject. Spielberg and Lewis are breaking new ground. Lewis, as he does in every other project, will absolutely own this role and perhaps make it his for decades to come. And I want to see him do that as soon as I can.
Sure, the news that it will focus on the efforts of U.N. scientist/doctor Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) wasn’t exactly welcome by fans (myself included). The book consisted of a couple dozen or so fictitious interviews that told an epic story with both breadth and depth. The film sounds as though it’s more concerned with the actions of one man, which kills much of the charm. However, the source material is so good (this book predated the zombie fad by a few years) that I’m eager to take what I can get, even if it’s not what I hoped.
After Inglorious Basterds managed to exceed its expectations, people were able to put Grindhouse out of mind and realize that there’s just no filmmaker with more innate style than Quentin Tarantino. No director can put his stamp on films in the same way, and consequently, no director has garnered more of a mainstream following for his (eclectic) work. Django Unchained is the tale of a freed slave seeking revenge on his former master. With a deep south setting and a cast that includes Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Sam Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, and RZA, I’m comfortable saying that this is the most anticipated film of the next year.