To be honest, I was surprised that I enjoyed Quentin Taratino’s new film ‘The Hateful Eight’ as much as I did. The trailer gave me the impression that it was just a country/western type film, aimed at an older demographic than I, but I really enjoyed the unique film and narrative techniques and intriguing storyline.
The majority of the film was done in the one scene; a house that the eight of them flocked to during a blizzard. The main story telling technique was dialogue between the characters, which often got quite intense. This dialogue was only broken up by action and violence later in the film. The characters attempt to stay civil towards each other, but this inevitably led to conflict, with disputes of the Civil War, racism, and a bounty hunter and his prisoner.
The story was divided into chapters, which was a great way to build up the tension in the narrative. The tension I was experiencing was punctuated because I saw a mouse run in front of me in the movie theatre which I’m fairly sure was the small movement I felt in my chair earlier in the film, BUT I promised myself my mind wouldn’t go there.
The story was led by those classic, brilliant actors; Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern and Tim Roth, just to name a few. It surprised me, in no way disappointed me, but just surprised me that the beautiful Channing Tannum made an appearance. This wasn’t his typical film, but he still played an excellent role.
The film was very visually intriguing; beautiful shots of the blizzard and amazing costumes.
The underage girl who sold me my ticket was confused and disappointed that the film was rated R as she was unable to watch it, but this classification is completely justified as the violence was quite gory.
This film won’t disappoint those who loved Quentin Tarantino’s other films or who love a film with a bit of blood, guts and intensity. I’d rate this film 4 — maybe 4 and a half actually — out of 5 stars.
Rating: R (fair enough)
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino