Film Review: The Hateful Eight

Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth

They say it takes three westerns to be considered a western director, so with that in mind, it appears Quentin Tarantino certainly has his eye on the prize with his second gold medal, guns-a-blazing triumph of western film making.

Almost three years since Django Unchained wowed audiences with a fresh new spin on the spaghetti western genre, The Hateful Eight draws similar tricks from the same ol’ dirty sack, with belly busting hilarity and shock antics we’ve grown to love from the movie master of disaster.

Helplessly caught wham-smack in the middle of a Wyoming blizzard, notorious bounty hunter, John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth and his captured bounty seek succor in a secluded log cabin just short of Red Rock, where his prize female fugitive is destined to be hanged.

Six more unlikely misfits join the stranded pair, seemingly to wait out the gusty storm for a couple of harrowing days. Before long, tensions rise and mysteries fall, as a gripping ‘whodunnit’ crime thriller unravels.

Tarantino’s strength truly lies in his expert use of dialogue, and with a setting as restrictive as a log cabin, what transpires for almost three hours of claustrophobic tension, is exactly that – Brilliant dialogue!

With characters as diverse as the old west itself, The Hateful Eight stitches seamlessly like a stage-play of the highest caliber. Familiar faces from past Tarantino films deliver equally superb performances deserving of a standing ovation at the final curtain call.

Shot on super rare 70mm film stock, The Hateful Eight is designed for maximum widescreen viewing, allowing setting itself to become a pivotal character, with each rolling frame delivering healthy doses of tension and misplaced hilarity.

Now a Tarantino film wouldn’t be complete without a memorable soundtrack, cue – Ennio Morricone, famous Italian composer responsible for much of Hollywood’s most iconic western scores. With a recent Golden Globe win, it’s easy to see why he was certainly the right man for the job.

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