While you’re thinking of lining up to see Django Unchained, writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, be aware that there is another way to experience the story. At the same time, DC/Vertigo Comics has released a new comic series that is set to be a close adaptation of Tarantino’s script. WIRED looks at the new release:
The comic is an incredibly faithful adaptation of Tarantino’s movie script – the first issue is the first few scenes of the film, almost line for line. Drawing on the director’s story, the book’s interior art comes from [R.M.] Guéra, who made characters that hew closely to their actor counterparts but are their own characters entirely. The artist’s Django, the slave that becomes a bounty hunter, has a more steely cowboy vibe than smooth, cool Jamie Foxx; ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie looks even more maniacal than Leonardo DiCaprio; and Candie’s house slave Stephen looks far more jowly and grizzled on the page than Samuel L. Jackson does on screen.
Meanwhile, pretty much everyone is talking about the film version starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Forbes was over the moon about the film:
The “D” may be silent, but the “A+” scores aren’t. Quentin Tarantino’s new spaghetti western Django Unchained delivers one of the best times you’ll have at the movies all year, in the director’s best film in almost two decades (which is saying a lot).
Meawnhile, Spike Lee has publicly been much (much, much) less enthusiastic:
Director Spike Lee won’t be rooting for “Django Unchained” at the 2013 Golden Globes, let alone see the Quentin Tarantino film, after he ripped the movie for being disrespectful to African-Americans and the history of slavery.