Quentin Tarantino is back and has returned with another western. This time however the movie is more of a mystery. But will The Hateful Eight impress me as much as his other works?
Set some time after the civil war eight strangers are trapped together at a stagecoach stopover. But what are their motives for being there and who will survive the night?
I’ve always been an admire Tarantino’s movies. He has his own distinct style, he writes cool quoteable dialogue and has excellent soundtracks to his films. He’s not perfect (I’m not a fan of his constant use of the n word) but he’s a truely original and exciting voice in Hollywood. The Hateful Eight has it’s flaws, more on which later, but it’s full of passion, good ideas and an excellent ensemble featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell.
From the outset the movie really sets the scene of this cold, hellish, blizzard, every time a character stepped outside I felt freezing, which is good as you have to believe that these strangers are literally trapped together. The harshness of the weather is nothing compared to the ruthlessness and coldness from inside the Stopover. Each character is well drawn and you can imagine the actors relished playing their roles. Every actor is good but Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy just edges out the competition to be the stand out character. Leigh throws her all into the character as she gets hit, has stew thrown on her and spits her teeth out all with an insane grin on her face. The mystery aspect is also good with the majority of the action taking place in one location and shows Tatantino has still got plenty of ideas in him yet.
As much as I liked this movie I didn’t love like some of Tarantino’s other work. It feels too long, especially at the beginning, the main characters are all pretty unlikeable and overall the movie it doesn’t wow me as a whole, although there are some great moments throughout.
It may not be as engaging or feature as many iconic characters but The Hateful Eight shows that Tarantino is not one to rest on his laurels as this entertaining movie shows.
3.5/5 – The Hateful Eight shows there’s life in the old western genre yet and in Tarantino’s imagination