The Hateful Eight (2015)

The latest film from Quentin Tarantino wasn’t originally going to be a film but a novel and sequel to Django Unchained, but in 2014 a script was leaked and Tarantino canceled the film. However after a live reading in December of that year, he changed his mind and decided to make the film again. Tarantino decided to film the movie in 70mm on actual film, a strange thing to do in the world today. The film was also a Roadshow, a longer cut of the film with an overture and intermission, boy would I have loved to gone to one of these on a gigantic screen.  Ennio Morricone, the famed scorer of Western films was brought on as well. Morricone would go on to win an Oscar for Best Score.  Spoilers to follow.

The film tells a nonlinear story about a group of eight people stuck together in a room during a blizzard in Wyoming years after the Civil War. The eight consist of a couple of bounty hunters, Major Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), John Ruth (Kurt Russell); Ruth’s bounty, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh); the new sheriff of Red Rock, Chris Mannix; Senor Bob (Demián Bichir); a hangman, Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth); a cowboy on the way to visit his mother Joe Gage (Michael Masden) and a Confederate General, Sandford Smithers (Bruce Dern). They are all trapped in a room together with loaded guns and we just know that someone is going to try and take Daisy from Ruth but who will it be. It hits on racial issues and the general idea of who should be punished for bad things.

The film looks beautiful and it is nice to not have a whole bunch of computer graphics in a film, if only more films remembered this we might have some better movies. It’s a must watch if you are a big Tarantino fan, but besides that I don’t think that many would really like the movie with the outrageous moments of violence and profanity.


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