In 1992, Quentin Tarantino stunned audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with his non-linear heist film Reservoir Dogs. He then wowed worldwide audiences with his incredible follow-up Pulp Fiction. Since then, Tarantino has crafted innovative, brilliant and violent masterpieces from the martial arts, World War 2 and spaghetti western genre. And now he’s finally made what the fans have been waiting for… Cluedo.
The Hateful Eight is a claustrophobic western set in a snow-torn cabin which is giving shelter to eight strangers. All eight strangers have a reason to distrust one another, and one of them isn’t who they say they are…
It’s hard to describe how The Hateful Eight feels to the viewer but if I had to try, it feels like a play. Since The Hateful Eight has an overture, an intermission and a constant knowledge for the audience of what the characters are doing, it feels like a stage play that has been converted into a brilliant film.
The first thing that viewers will notice after watching The Hateful Eight is that it is a lot more than just a movie, it is an experience. Since the film spends the majority of it’s runtime in either a wagon in the snow or a cabin in the snow, we constantly feel like we are in the story. Every second of this film, I felt like I was in that wagon and I felt like I was in that cabin.
If you’ve ever seen a Tarantino film before, you should already know exactly what The Hateful Eight is going to do best; violence, masterful storytelling and brilliantly suspenseful and intriguing dialogue.
The story in The Hateful Eight isn’t as nonlinear as Pulp Fiction (only one scene isn’t in its chronological place) but it certainly is as engaging and exciting. The dialogue in The Hateful Eight is so brilliantly crafted and executed that the whole film can be compared in quality to the opening scene in Inglorious Basterds. And don’t be fooled by the fact that the film takes place in only two rooms, The Hateful Eight has the most gore of any Tarantino film since Kill Bill.
Every single actor in The Hateful Eight (which isn’t many) is absolutely brilliant. Samuel L. Jackson gives one of the best performances he’s ever given. Kurt Russell is a complete badass. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives a horrifying performance (in a Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight kind of sense) as the satanic Daisy Domergue. Tim Roth further demonstrates that he will nail any character that Tarantino throws at him. And Walton Goggins is hilarious and subtly powerful as The Sheriff.
I can’t talk about The Hateful Eight‘s brilliance without mentioning the completely fitting and hauntingly epic original score from Ennio Morricone. As soon as the overture kicks in, you can tell that you are in for a ride. And the main theme itself fits the film’s tone perfectly.
My only fault with The Hateful Eight is that the first half sets up this huge mystery Cluedo situation which could’ve lasted the entirety of the film. So I was disappointed when the mystery ends earlier than it needs to and the rest of the film becomes just another brilliant scene written by a genius. It’s still amazing filmmaking but the Cluedo mystery would’ve been nicer.
More than just an experience, Tarantino’s boldest film to date with an all-star cast all at the top of their game and Ennio Morricone’s hauntingly epic score make for one of the most innovative and engaging westerns ever made. If you are prepared to endure Tarantino’s vicious gore and brilliant mind, watch The Hateful Eight as soon as possible.
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