By Kaeli Van Cott
Just after the trailer for Alexander Iñárritu’s The Revenant was released, Quentin Tarantino released the trailer for his own snowy western, The Hateful Eight.
His highly anticipated eighth film has been buzzed about since its development and the leak of its script online. Fans were relieved to learn that Tarantino would still continue with the project despite the leak. Knowing Tarantino, he’s probably made some changes and definitely has some tricks up his sleeve.
The trailer for The Hateful Eight it sets the stage a wintery, yet very deadly landscape. The film follows bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his captured prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) as they run into another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff. As the blizzard outside turns up the intensity, these four take shelter in a stagecoach stopover with another four strangers. The eight of them are stuck inside until the storm slows down, and it looks like it might not be a comfortable stay.
With the release of any new Tarantino film, people start to cling onto any new information in hopes of figuring something out or getting one step closer to the core of the film. In the case of The Hateful Eight’s trailer, it left viewers with just enough information to be satisfied yet not enough to spoil the film. In other words, the trailer was a perfectly mysterious look into the western.
Let us not forget the well-received return of both Russell and Leigh to starring in a major film. Although throughout the last couple of years they’ve both done acting work, it hasn’t been on this kind of a level. Watching Russell’s seriousness and Leigh’s devious yet hilarious characters in the trailer was a brilliant sneak peek. Also, let’s not forget Jackson in all of his pissed-off glory. It would not be a Tarantino film without some angry Jackson in there.
The Hateful Eight’s setting is also a beautiful one. Filmed in 70mm, the snowy landscapes are bright, vivid and really magnificent to look at. Despite the normal hype for Tarantino’s screenplay and witty remarks, the cinematography of The Hateful Eight is something touched upon in the trailer that will be something to look forward to in the film itself.
The film is scheduled to premiere this Christmas alongside The Revenant, and will surely interfere with any Christmas Eve plans any Tarantino fans might have (myself included). Until then, it looks like I’ll be watching the trailer over and over again.