The Hateful Eight. The newest instalment in the Tarantino filmography. Let me start by saying I really enjoy Tarantino films. He is a master of immersion, dialogue driven story telling and truly creating an experience for the audience. The Hateful Eight is no exception. I definitely did enjoy it, however I walked away from the movie a little unsatisfied. Spoilers to follow so if you haven’t seen it yet, wait and read this after watching the film.
In essence The Hateful Eight is an intricate ‘who done it’ movie, that many are claiming to be a mix between Reservoir Dogs and Clue, a comparison you can greatly appreciate after someone poisons the coffee. According to Quentin Tarantino the film takes place “6,8, or 10 years after the civil war,” you get to decide. The majority of the film takes place in an outpost on a mountain during a terrible blizzard. There are, of course, eight people locked up together: war veterans from the south, war veterans from the north, bounty hunters, a criminal, and a professional hangman. Describing this multifarious group just sounds like drama waiting to happen, and boy does it.
The Hateful Eight did many things right in my opinion. I’m not going to get into the technical aspects of the unique way it was filmed, or how it pulled songs from different movies to create different emotions and make you think “hey, I know that” (although the score by Ennio Morricone was amazing). Just know it looks and sounds great. Tarantino truly nails atmosphere in this movie. There is a blizzard going on and it makes you actually feel cold. As a friend of mine said, you feel relief yourself whenever a character drinks some fresh hot coffee, or stands by the fire. Add to this the tension driving dialogue about race, justice, and the overarching mystery of ‘who is not who they say they are’, and you are left with a captivating story without the need for flashy visualizations.
Now what didn’t work for me:
What are your thoughts on this movie? Loved it? Hated it? Let me know in the comments below.