The Hateful Eight: A Bloody Stay at a Civil War B&B

Hello everybody! For this week’s “New Movie Show” we have the latest film from Quentin Tarentino, The Hateful Eight.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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DIRECTED BY: Quentin Tarentino

STARRING: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern

GENRE: Western, Mystery

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States 

hateful-eight-samuel-l-jackson_0Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock’s new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all…

Alright Tarentino, let’s see what you have to offer this time around. I would like to applaud the entire cast (except for one individual) as they performed extravagantly and matched each other beat for beat. For a very character-driven film, I was worried that they wouldn’t bounce off each other as well as they did.  I don’t normally talk about the cinematography of a film over here on Media in Review, but Tarentino made that mountain look amazing and dangerous all at the same time. Beyond that, the dialogue is absolutely perfect. There is a reason Tarentino is known as the “King of Dialogue”. KurtRussellSamuelLJacksonHatefulEight

While the film does take place after the civil war, Tarentino overdoes it just a bit with the racial slurs. While this has become a Tarentino staple in his last few films, this time it actually made me uncomfortable watching it unlike in Django Unchained. Tarentino definitely got his point across about how much racism has changed since the civil war into the modern world. Also Channing Tatum, why were you in this film? You weren’t here very long and I am glad you were disposed of quickly.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Cinematography.
  • Well-written dialogue.

CONS:

  • Uncomfortable racism.
  • Channing Tatum…

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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