The Hateful Eight [MOVIE REVIEW]

It is the return of the master of dialogue himself, Quentin Tarantino who this time has almost three hours of content for us to chew over and a roadshow event that has to be attended if possible. Yes 'The Hateful Eight' is a quite amazing.

It is not exactly news that Quentin Tarantino is one of the best film makers currently working and it should also not news that 'The Hateful Eight' is the best western since... well, 'Django Unchained'. I mean it has such classics like 'A Million Ways To Die in the West' and 'The Ridiculous 6' it has to surpass. Naturally it did that even before it entered production but I do want to make sure I emphasize that 'The Hateful Eight' may not be better than 'Django Unchained' - it is however one of the best movies of the year. Now whether or not that is a statement I will hold to in a year's time is something we will have to wait to find out but as of right now, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie both times I saw it and I expect I would if I saw it a third time. I have to say though, Quentin Tarantino is going to have to shake up some things if he wants his style to work again in his next film because it is getting kind of predictable at this point.

The very second I heard Kurt Russell was in the film I jumped and cheered that I would get to see him in another Tarantino film. He is a great actor and is also thankfully used really well in 'The Hateful Eight' as Jon Ruth the hang man. He is most definitely one of the most memorable characters in the film because of his schtick and that Russell's performance is very over the top (in a good way of course). But the main reason this movie works as well as it does is that there is not just this one character that stands out from the rest - they all do. Samuel L. Jackson gives probably his best performance since 'Pulp Fiction', Walton Goggins has a really fun role and probably plays the only character that has anything resembling an arc. Jennifer Jason Leigh completely makes the film and is very deserving of the best supporting actress nomination she got at the Oscars. Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demián Bichir, Bruce Dern... they are all memorable and play ver well realized characters by an absolutely killer script by Tarantino.

You probably heard that this film was shot in 70mm by this point and whether or not you know what that is - go and see it in 70mm if you can as it is an absolutely gorgeous looking movie. I like that they do confine this extremely wide scope into a tiny little cabin as it is a nice contrast and it also helps to establish the layout of this room that we spend the majority of the movie in. I must also applaud Quentin and Robert Richardson (director of photography) for making probably two hours inside of one cabin - never become boring to look at. All the shots are very well composed and because it is shot in 70mm (well technically 65 but who cares) they could really get in close to each actor's face and still have enough room to progress the story with things happening in the background.

Now the main problem with 'The Hateful Eight' is that it does sort of become yet another Tarantino movie that just ends in a bloody mess (I mean that literally, the movie itself never becomes a mess). I was hoping it would go in a more interesting direction with all these characters and completely subvert expectations but nope, Quentin has to have exploding heads and a comical amount of blood.

Overall, 'The Hateful Eight' is a film that is a lot of fun to watch if you like dialogue and Tarantino movies. I would not say it is his BEST film but I would also not say it would belong in the latter half as I did enjoy it a lot and seeing it in 70mm was truly an experince I will not forget anytime soon.


- Lucas


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