I’m almost positive Quentin Tarantino is a little messed up in the head. But boy is he brilliant.
The Hateful Eight is the latest film from the aforementioned director and is about a group of bounty hunters who get stuck in a cabin during a blizzard. One of them is transporting a prisoner worth a lot of money. Things start off fine, but when bad things start happening, it becomes clear not everyone is who they say they are.
I really, really enjoyed this movie, a lot more than I thought I would. The trailer didn’t excite me all that much and pretty much the only reason I was looking forward to it was because it’s Tarantino. But the movie delivers and then some. First of all, I think this shows off Tarantino’s brilliance as both a writer and a director more so than any of his previous films. Every shot is meant to show something and every detail is given exactly how it is meant to be. The dialogue is outstanding, which is important because this movie is very dialogue heavy. It has a lot less action than movies like Django or Inglorious Basterds. But despite that, the film never bored me. What the characters were saying and doing and how it was shot sucked me in the entire time. The Tarantino dark humor is very much present and great as usual. The story itself is intriguing and interesting, playing like a mystery for most of the move. All of the performances were also great, particularly Samuel L. Jackson’s.
I don’t have a whole lot of complaints. The first is that it is too long. While I was engaged the whole time, the movie is around 3 hours long and could have been cut down a bit. The violence is also a bit jarring in this movie. I think it would have benefited from a more realistic depiction, like what is seen in Reservoir Dogs. Instead it’s very over the top and just comes off as a bit too much. It works in a movie like Django, but I’m not sure it does here. The last thing I’ll say is that while I really liked it, I’m not sure the rewatchability is very high. I’d much rather watch some of his other movies again over this one.
That being said, it’s still a great movie worth checking out, especially for fans of Tarantino. Even though I wasn’t expecting too much going in, it didn’t come close to disappointing. This was a solid way to start off 2016. The Hateful Eight gets a 4.25/5.
What did you guys think of The Hateful Eight? What are your favorite Tarantino movies? Let me know in the comments.