Quentin Tarantino brings his 8th film to the big screen in the form of a bloody western with an all star cast including Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell among others. Let's jump in and see how The Hateful Eight measured up to his other classic outings. Don't worry there will be NO SPOILERS.
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I'll come out and say I'm a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino both as a writer and a director. I even wrote a director's paper about him my freshmen year at film school. Even though I'm a huge fan, I'm not some arty film snob who will claim every single frame of his films are utter perfection. They are fantastic but not perfect.
First and foremost, the #1 thing going for The Hateful Eight is the cast giving some of their best performances in years. Samuel L. Jackson is the standout. Aside from his supporting role in Django Unchained, this has to be the best performance he's given since his Oscar nominated turn as Jules in Tarantino's own Pulp Fiction. If you don't think you'll like this film at all, don't see it for the plot, see it for Samuel L. Jackson.
Other standouts include Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and my other favorite of this film, Walton Goggins. Goggins is an actor that always knocks it out of the park but he tends to be seen as "oh that guy from that thing." Hopefully, this film will let Walton Goggins shine enough to be pushed into more mainstream lead roles.
Tarantino always pulls the best performances out of actors you wouldn't expect it from. If you need any examples just look at John Travolta in Pulp Fiction or Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds. Just to name a couple.
As I said before, Tarantino doesn't make perfect movies, now what were some of the flaws in The Hateful Eight? It saddens me to say this because Tarantino is tied for my favorite writer alongside Aaron Sorkin but, this is really not one of Tarantino's best scripts. He wrote classic lines like Travolta saying "royale with cheese" or Waltz saying "That's a bingo!" Only a couple examples, however I honestly can't remember a single line of dialogue that was memorable.
This was by no means a bad script. I just think Tarantino has written super quotable lines, and hilarious quips between characters.
Besides the writing, my main beef was the run time. This film was nearly 3 hours long. There's nothing wrong with a movie being 3 hours, but Tarantino seemed to fall in the same whole he did with Django Unchained where he packed on way more than what was needed to execute a great story.
Reservoir Dogs is a perfect example of using every minute and not over-bloating a movie. The runtime on Dogs was about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The two stories share a lot of similarities as both films have an ensemble cast that spend pretty much the entire film in one room/location.
I wont give away the ending to The Hateful Eight but I can rank it among Tarantino's other 7 films. Here is my new list that does not include Death Proof because I have no seen it:
8. Jackie Brown
7. Kill Bill Volume 2
6. The Hateful Eight
5. Kill Bill Volume 1
4. Inglourious Basterds
3. Django Unchained
2. Pulp Fiction
1. Reservoir Dogs
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