The Hateful Eight (2015)

Another few years go by and Tarantino shows up again.

While in pursuit to the town of Red Rock in Wyoming, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russel)  is taking fugitive prisoner, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Lee) there to be hanged by the neck for committing multiple crimes. However, along their journey back to Red Rock, they encounter a bounty hunter known as Major Marquis (Samuel L. Jackson). He is on his way to Red Rock because he needs to collect the fee for his killing of prisoners. Ruth lets Marquis come along for the ride because they are heading to the same place, and also because he has some respect for Major Marquis. A deadly blizzard is heading their way, so they need to stop somewhere to rest for a couple of days in order to let this blizzard pass over. The group finds a shelter known as “Minnie’s Haberdashery.” When they arrive to “Minnie’s,” they are not the only one’s there. Four other men are there as well and everything seems to be real nice in the beginning, but as the time passes, it is evident that something shady is up with one of them.

Something special about Quentin Tarantino is that he is going to do whatever he wants and doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks because to be truly honest, almost one hundred percent of the time it fully works for him. The Hateful Eight is the second Western film he has shown us and while it may not be as good as Django Unchained, it still deserves a lot of credit because it was awesome. Most of the major talk about this movie is that it was going to be shown in 70mm, which is really awesome because Tarantino likes to do all his movies in an old-fashioned way. It was really interesting to see him do this because being a fan of film, that kind of stuff is really cool to me. As with every Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight is crazy and filled with a ton of violence. For a movie that was over three hours, I never found myself bored or uninterested once, which is a great thing considering that a movie over three hours is extremely intimidating to watch, except if it is a Tarantino flick.

The acting in The Hateful Eight is spot-on and excellent as usual. Tarantino always knows who he needs in his movies to make them great, and everybody is excellent in The Hateful Eight. Samuel L. Jackson usually finds a way to show up in almost every Tarantino film, and that is perfectly ok with me due to the fact that he is awesome on this movie. Maybe not Oscar contender worthy, but he still is as bad-ass and funny as you would want him to be. The same goes for Jennifer Jason Leigh. I really feel like she was the star of this movie and may very well find herself an Oscar nomination. We haven’t really seen much of Leigh in the past few years and with her performance in The Hateful Eight, I feel like she is going to make some sort of comeback. Besides these two being the best in the film, we still see fine performances from the rest of the Tarantino crew that are known as “The Hateful Eight.”

As interesting and awesome as the film was, I have to say that it was definitely not the best film we have seen from Tarantino, which is not that hard to say given that every film he makes is a masterpiece. Even though this may not be on the top of his list of great films he has made, it is definitely not the worst and even the worst movie he has made is still great. I really want him to move away from Westerns for now and do something different with his next film. Tarantino is arguably the best in the business and I don’t want to see him have limits. Anything you get out of Tarantino is going to be a phenomenal film. The Hateful Eight is still an incredibly well-crafted film that even with the three-hour runtime can still be quite the experience to watch. The thing about the three-hour runtime is that it is completely necessary. Even though that seems like a very long time for a movie, everything that happens in the film takes some time and it was for all the right reason why this was such a long movie. If you are a fan of Tarantino, know that this is a movie that you have to check out.

Overall, The Hateful Eight is another one in the books for Quentin Tarantino and even though it may not be his best film, it is still well-directed, written and presented in an amazing way for film lovers. Even though this movie is three hours long, it is still necessary and I can’t wait to see it again.

Grade: A


One thought on “The Hateful Eight (2015)

  1. vinnieh January 7, 2016 / 11:35 AM

    Great review, this movie looks pretty bad ass. Been hearing a lot of praise for Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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