As a filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino has always gone there.
When other people wouldn’t hire has-been superstars, he offered them work in Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction. When other people were afraid to take an irreverent look at one of history’s most heinous crimes against humanity, Tarantino poked fun at the Nazis in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds. And when it occurred to him that the world needed a departure from the traditional chick flick, he made not one, but two Kill Bill movies.
So we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s tackling one of the darkest seasons in our nation’s history in Django Unchained, featuring an all-star cast and the word “n–ger” as a secondary character.