On the road to Red Rock, Wyoming, a bounty hunter and his bounty come across two lonely wanderers and all of them take shelter in a Haberdashery during a brutal winter blizzard with four men already in there. Problem is; one or more of the men taking shelter in the shack is in cahoots with the bounty hunter's prisoner.
In the 8th film by acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, an all star cast play eight loathsome and non-trustworthy strangers forced to take shelter with one another in a cozy haberdashery, some of which are harboring big secrets.
Two bounty hunters, a prisoner, a new sheriff, a confederate general, a cowboy, a hangman and a Mexican. All of the characters seem to be hiding something and throughout the 3hr run time a lot of twists and turns occur that flip the story on it's head more than once, which made The Hateful Eight an engaging, tense and wonderful cinema experience.
Opening with a four minute overture and filmed completely in 70mm film, The Hateful Eight feels like the perfect blend of a classic western mixed with Tarantino's modern, unique and highly stylish approach to film making.
Tarantino's last film was also a western but I feel that Django Unchained was more well received due to there being a protagonist we can root for and an antagonist we can root against. The Hateful Eight doesn't have these, almost all of the characters are pretty despicable, but I guess that's the point of the film.
Because of the lack of a protagonist, I found it hard at times to attach myself to any of the characters and therefore my investment in the film never hit an emotional level, I was more so just hooked by the incredible, quick witted script and fantastic direction by Tarantino.
From beginning to end, The Hateful Eight feels like a love letter to classic western cinema, with an intermission included and Quentin Tarantino himself providing some narration to bring us all up to speed on where our characters are at, to the way the film was shot, it's certainly an experience unlike any other in recent years.
If you're a Tarantino fan who would wish characters would stop talking and shoot each other more then The Hateful Eight might not be for you. There is a whole lot of violence and blood but more the most part, this is a dialogue heavy film which of course a lot of you won't be bothered by in the slightest, but for those who need more action in their cinema, you might be let down.
All the performances are pretty great here. Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh are definitely the standouts with Walton Goggins also giving a surprisingly layered performance. A lot of the dialogue feels tailored to the actors, especially in the case of Tim Roth and Samuel L Jackson who at this point in their careers are pros when it comes to delivering Tarantino dialogue. Jennifer Jason Leigh is sure to get herself a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work as the remorseless, feral and murderous Daisy.
There's a lot of twists and turns within the story, this isn't the big epic western that Django Unchained was, it's a small, contained story, in a small, contained setting that plays out like a whodunnit. One or more of the men in the haberdashery is an accomplice of Daisy Domdergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and intends to free her no matter how violent the situation may need to be to do so.
Perfectly accompanying the action and visuals is legendary composer Ennio Morricone's haunting, catchy and chilling score for which he just won the Golden Globe, the four minute overture at the beginning of the film was really something special, it brought me into the world Tarantino was creating and from that point on-wards I was completely engaged.
As with most Tarantino flicks, the tension amps up, building to a bloody, over the top and visually thrilling climax that should leave hardcore Tarantino fans with a big, sadistic smile on their face. The Hateful Eight feels like a perfect blend of Resevoir Dogs and Django Unchained and whilst it's not Tarantino's finest film, it's up there with his best, I certainly recommend seeing this one!
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