ByStefanie Lestari, writer at
Stefanie Lestari

After the success of Django Unchained, Tarantino decided to make another spaghetti western tribute. Armed with a brilliant script and an array of amazing stars in the cast, The Hateful Eight is going to satisfy every Tarantino fan. Even if you are not a fan of Tarantino films, I guarantee you will enjoy this film. To be honest, my first experience seeing a Tarantino film was back in early 2013 when Django Unchained hit the cinema. I fell in love instantly with Tarantino's style. He turns gore and blood into something artistic.

I got to see The Hateful Eight in the cinema a few weeks ago after waiting for almost a month. The film itself is divided into 5 chapters. The first three chapters might be boring for those who have never seen any Tarantino films. The Hateful Eight opens with a snowy landscape and the opening credits' style is a reminiscent of the old school western films. The dialogue between Major Marquis (Samuel L. Jackson), John Ruth (Kurt Russell), Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) and Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 2016 Oscars) flows like a river. Smart and full of wit, just like what Tarantino does in every single film of his.

Daisy Domergue might seem like a damsel in distress, since she spent almost the entire film chained to John Ruth (a.k.a The Hangman) and got beaten up by him quite often. Many critics find her character's portrayal sexist and misogynistic, but Jennifer came to the defense of her character by stating a praise for Tarantino's portrayal of female character, "Quentin writes the best parts for women out there. He really does. He writes very brave, bold, insane, fabulous women. Nobody writes women like he does.".

Caution! Major SPOILER alert!

Audience will be surprised when they find out the truth about Domergue near the end of the film that her brother (Channing Tatum) is the leader of the gang who killed almost everyone in Minnie's Haberdashery and she's taking the position of her brother as the gang's leader.

My take on The Hateful Eight

Charming, witty, full of awesome characters and mystery. This is one spaghetti western tribute you don't want to miss, especially if you have strong affection for gore and blood, because this film is an epitome of blood and gore fiesta. Rated 9.8 out of 10. Sadly, the 70mm version is not available in my country and some of the scenes were cut out due to the censorship regulations here. But overall, the movie is very enjoyable, amidst the censorship regulations.


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