The Hateful 8, director Quentin Tarantino’s 8th movie, came out today and let me tell you something I loved this movie. I loved this movie so much I wanted to talk about it every chance that I got to everybody that I know, but there was a problem most if not all of the people I know made no effort to see it. It was confusing; it had everything that made a great movie. An A+ cast, a well written story that kept you guessing until the final scene, and some great shots of mountains and Cabin interiors during the winter.
The movie starts off with two Bounty hunters meeting before an incoming Blizzard. Samuel L Jackson plays Major Marquis Warren who just lost 2 good horses to the cold with some Bounty in tow, luckily for him John “The Hangman” Ruth is riding along this path with his latest catch Daisy Domergue (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) on their way to Red Rock, where Daisy is set to hang for her crimes. All of this after the Civil War so there’s some obvious racial tensions between the two men as Samuel Jackson’s character is well renowned for his enjoyment of killing White People.
Luckily though John Ruth trusts him as just as long he doesn’t try to take Daisy’s bounty away from him. Soon enough the Blizzard starts to pick up and they meet the to be Sheriff of a nearby town Chris Mannix an ex-Confederate Solider, and boy howdy you just KNOW there’s some dialogue between Major Warren and this Sheriff that I can’t even come CLOSE to repeating in any public setting. With the Blizzard being far too violent the group has to stop at the Habberdashery a local hostel for wayward travelers, but upon arrival Major Warren has a feeling that something is wrong and soon realizes he may be in a situation that could land him in a coffin.
I won’t go into too much detail about this movie because the dialogue and interactions between the characters is what really makes the movie. Through sly remarks, disgust, spite, and trickery we see the characters start to resent each other more and more through out the night. It’s amazing to see how much character development can be shown in the course of 120 minutes while never changing the location /too/ much. While there are flashbacks interjected through some stories the whole movie basically consists of 3 or 4 locations. I was fortunate enough to see this movie with it’s special screening in 70 millimeters which included an intermission, maybe that’s what made the whole experience great for me, maybe I’m just biased because it was a really fun theater experience and Tarantino swayed me with an old concept of breaks in movies.
Regardless of that this is definitely worth the buy. Along with Mad Max: Fury Road, Hateful 8 is one of my top 5 movies to have watched in 2015. This get a big ol’ 4.5/5 because even though the movie did pique all of my interests the ending felt very rushed as well as some scenes that didn’t necessarily need to be in the movie, like this one slow motion scene during dialogue that I still don’t understand to this day. But I digress, the film is still really good, not great, not superb, not perfect, but like any other Tarantino movie you’ll end up watching it when you have a lot of free time.