He’s done it again. Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film The Hateful Eight is everything I hoped it would be.
From the cinematography, to the story and the characters, I loved this film so much. Tarantino rarely lets his fans down and while there are countless people who feel that The Hateful Eight is misogynistic and racist – I have to disagree. Personally I think it reflects the times the film is set in, but that’s an argument for another day.
Set a few years after the American Civil War, The Hateful Eight tells the story of eight strangers holed up in a log cabin while a blizzard rages outside.
We meet bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) on his way to the town of Red Rock, where he will hand over Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), his captive, to hang.
On the way to Red Rock they cross paths with Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a former union soldier turned bounty hunter and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade heading for Red Rock as he’s been appointed as the new sheriff.
When the blizzard forces them to seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery they meet four more people. Bob (Demian Bichir), English hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).
John Ruth and Major Marquis Warren know that something fishey is going on at Minnie’s and Ruth suspects that one of these fellas, or all of them for that matter might be part of a conspiracy to free Daisy. He has no intention of letting her get away and keeps her chained to his arm while his suspicions grow.
As you would imagine Kurt Russell and Samuel L Jackson turn in great performances but what really had me excited was Jennifer Jason Leigh , who is such an underrated actress and she turns in a brilliant performance as the nasty Daisy Domergue. Everyone is spot on, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern really stand out – as they would.
The Hateful Eight’s 70mm film print, Tarantino’s preferred way of showing the film, has meant three UK cinema chains, Picturehouse, Curzon and Cineworld, will not be showing the film.
The Hateful Eight is everything I hoped it would be, brutal, beautiful, funny. Go see it, you won’t regret it.
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