The Hateful Eight
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Tarantino's eighth film, a western set in post-Civil War Wyoming. With winter raging, a ragtag bunch of armed strangers find themselves holed up in the same stagecoach stop. Predictably for this scenario (and director), tensions will rise and violence will ensue... Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson are 3/8 of the stars.
Sometime after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as 'The Hangman,' will bring Domergue to justice.
Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff.
Losing their lead on the blizzard, they all seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. There they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob (Demian Bichir), who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm descends on the mountainside stopover, our eight travellers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock.
Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone) at the 2016 Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs
Rating: R18 Graphic violence, sexual violence & offensive language
As great as Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained were, the manner in which Quentin Tarantino's pointed proclivity for ponderous proclamations went unchecked in those films prevented me from wholly embracing them. In The Hateful Eight, the third entry in QT's unofficial 'Revisionist Myth' trilogy, those tendencies go even further, gloriously so.
The writer/director's trademark verbose speechifying works in a way it never has before. It aids and abets the building of characters and the generation of tension, and often serves as misdirection for the plentiful jolts thoughout the film. And yet it's what goes unspoken that provides most of the film's thematic heft.
The influences felt here (old TV westerns, Agatha Christie) are fertile new ground for the filmmaker, and he mixes them together with a nasty, darkly funny alchemy all his own. Tarantino's love for cinema is always felt in his movies, sometimes distractingly so, but The Hateful Eight manages to artfully transcend the filmmaker's otherwise always-evident personality.
All the actors are amazing and in total command of their performances, but if anyone deserves singling out, it's Walton Goggins, who with his utterly hilarious turn in this film officially takes over from Bill Paxton as cinema's greatest good ol' boy. Zoë Bell's appearance is a welcome sprinkling of Kiwi pepper that can't help but generate a smile.
The Hateful Eight is a leisurely, articulate and strangely funny descent into hell. It's pure cinematic gravy, and I loved every second of it.
Total Film (UK)
New York Times
Time Out New York
Great in many ways
Tarentino's eighth film and it is as exciting and funny as it is tense and fervently fierce. The movie feels a little long until the closing chapters really pick up the pace. Walton Goggins delivers a great under-the-radar performance as Mannix
Good but not great
I like Quentin Tarantino and I think he is a great filmmaker but this is not his best work. That may sound cynical but I still gave this 3 stars so I still think it is a good film. First the positives. The acting is stellar all around as every person in the cast does a phenomenal job with the stand outs being Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins who steal every scene they are in. The film is also shot well for a film that is primarily set in one location. The characters are also great with some very likeable and entertaining characters who just put a smile on your face. However, due to a runtime of nearly 3 hours (or 3+ hours if you saw the Roadshow cut) the pacing can be a bit off especially in the first half of the film but once you hit chapter 4 (yes the film is split up into chapters) it does get better. Now I'm all for 3 hours of Tarantino dialogue, but the writing in The Hateful Eight was not as captivating or as intriguing as some of his other work but there a couple scenes that are pure genius writing. Overall, see The Hateful Eight, but don't expect another Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. The Hateful Eight is good but not great and deserves a solid 3/5 stars
Completely absurd and very Tarantino. This is a highly entertaining way to spend three hours. You won't even notice the time fly by as Tarantino sucks you into this adventure western.
Had no expectations
but it delivered in ways I did not anticipate. Funnier in extreme ways, things happened out of place. I would easily see it again
Should have been a 90 minute movie
An okay plot with QT's heavy handed gore. The gore I didn't mind, but taking so long to tell the story ... that's feels self-indulgent.
Not even the stunning cinematography could stop me from thinking it was too too long.
(And enough with the chapters already).
Had to see it just for completeness, but I'm feeling grumpy about the extra time.
Great Dialogue, Small Cast
This Tarantino effort is more like an Orwellian whodunit combined with a "cabin fever" setting. Small cast of great characters with lots of dialogue, all in a single setting. Lots of obligatory blood. Definitely worth a viewing.
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino has done it again! The Hateful Eight is glorious. Samuel L. Jackson steals the movie, giving his best performance since Pulp Fiction. Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh are phenomenal. It's a slow burner, but the dialogue is sharp as you would expect from Tarantino. There's a lot of blood splatter and heads blown off. It kept me entertained for the nearly three hour long running time. I loved every minute of The Hateful Eight, and it's sure to be one of the best films of this year. Grade: A
Brendan de Vere
You can't hate this eight.
Tarantino's back with his eighth film and his second foray into the world of the western with his typically familiar dialogue driving this thrilling whodunit of sorts, backed by a score that takes you back to a yesteryear of cinema. To put it simply, this is as good a Quentin Tarantino film as any before it, with every little detail carefully included into the whole spectacle, creating an event for the audience that is both fun and special. I got an awesome surprise when my flatmate came back from Bali with a copy of 'The Hateful Eight' in tow but thinking that it was a pirated copy I still set myself up for a trip to the theatre to watch the magic unfold. Finding out that the DVD was a genuine copy was a bonus, so I sat myself down for an afternoon on the lounge to witness this three hour spectacle.
Growing up with Quentin Tarantino, his films have become a voice for the X Generation. His way of presenting his work to the audience is nothing short of cool, creating many memorable scenes that have stayed with the desired audience right through to present day. The narratives that have been the lynchpin of some truly memorable films still hold a strong voice and I'm sure that there isn't a day going by when somebody mentions a Tarantino movie. The great thing about all this is that this iconic Director doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Why would you, with classics like 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Jackie Brown' well entrenched in movie folklore and the more recent 'Inglorious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained' that are considered his best work. 'The Hateful Eight' is a risky film for Tarantino. He has stepped into a world that is a little unfamiliar but with great perseverance and not shying away from the challenge, this new installment under the Tarantino banner has just as many memorable moments as the films that have come before it.
'The Hateful Eight' signals its arrival with an eerie score from legendary spaghetti western composer, Ennio Morricone, highlighting Tarantino's obvious pulling power when it comes to employing the very best. People want to work with him and want to be a part of the whole set-up.
Set in a very bitter Wyoming winter just after the American Civil War, a stagecoach is hurling itself through the snow before it is stopped by a bounty hunter going by the name of Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson). "Got room for one more?" And so it begins as the audience is introduced to John 'The Hangman' Ruth (Kurt Russell) and Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), with the Tarantino banter coming hard and fast. The three well known actors have fun dishing out the dialogue with Tarantino's main man, Sammy L, let loose to give his character the authenticity it commands. Jackson is always superb when he is involved in these flavoursome productions and it is his performance alone that other talent feed off. Kurt Russell is brilliant but little Jennifer Jason Leigh is the one that provides the biggest punch as the very 'charming' Domergue. Most of the film is shot inside a cabin in the middle of nowhere and for most films this would be a virtual 'back breaker' but Tarantino's vast array of dodgy characters all within a few feet of each other provides sparkling and amusing entertainment. Tim Roth and Michael Madsen return to the world of cool playing suspect men, Oswaldo Mobray and Joe Gage respectively with Roth particularly watchable as he throws himself into his work. Cameo parts for 'old timer' Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum round off the star quality but like all of Tarantino's films 'The Hateful Eight's' greatest achievement is not where it goes or how it gets there, no, no, no! It's the ride. It's the interaction between these awesomely built characters that brings the audience to the box office.
'The Hateful Eight' is great viewing. It is quintessentially Tarantino but to some fans it might not create the right hit that they are looking for. The whole film burns slow but with patience it does provide enough violence and 'over the top' gore to bring a shriek to anyone's lips. Look out for a wonderful little rendition of an old convict ballad by Daisy Domergue that only heightens my suspicion that Tarantino is crazy about all things Australian. This is a mature film for a mature audience but still brilliant fun.
Resting on reputation
Compared to his other movies, this was average at best. If an unknown director had released this it would have been bagged.
Eight Is Definitely Not the Charm
Walking into The Hateful Eight my friends and I were trying to decide what recent Tarantino film was our favorite; Inglorious Basterds or Django Unchained and we just couldn't pick. Perhaps in the light of the brilliance of these recent films The Hateful Eight comes up short even though the dialogue is sharp and full of the Tarantino wit and humor we have come to love. But comparisons aside, the film falls short as the plot is hardly original, appearing more like a violent Western re imaging of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' but without the delight of having a murderer to discover. There is also no one to root for and no pay off to the bum numbing three hour slow burn apart from the obligatory Tarantino bloody last act shoot out. And I wonder if it didn't carry the Tarantino name whether it would have received half the glowing reviews that it has. Hopefully, its a return to form with his ninth film.