By Will Tarashuk
Quentin Tarantino, you sly dog, you did it again. “The Hateful Eight” is the eighth film by legendary director Quentin Tarantino. When it comes to a Tarantino movie fans can expect witty dialogue, interesting characters, and entertaining action scenes. “The Hateful Eight” does this with flying colors.
The plot is relatively simple, A bounty hunter, played by Kurt Russel, is trying to cash in on a $10,000 bounty, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. On the way he picks up another bounty hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and a sheriff of the town he is trying to get to. The four get caught in a blizzard and get stuck in a trap set by someone who is trying to set Leigh’s character free.
When it comes to Tarantino films this is a little different from the others. It is good but not quite as good as the others. The dialogue is spot on and delivered by the actors perfectly. The majority of the movie takes place in a cabin and it can get a little boring. Tarantino relies on his dialogue to push his film but at times I found myself checking out and not being too interested in what was being said. However, once the action picks up it does not stop and the movie is an entertaining ride just like all other Tarantino films.
Samuel L. Jackson is remarkable in this movie. Tarantino has a talent for bringing out the best in actors and this was Jackson’s best role in a very long time. He was great in “Django Unchained” but he was a little over the top. In this role he is a bounty hunter with a history in the Civil War. He has a presence on screen that no other character has and his monologue he has right towards the end of the first act rivals his monologue from “Pulp Fiction“.
Like I mentioned earlier, the first act drags a little bit but once Jackson tells the story of one of his victims you become locked into the film. The side conversations and pointless banter go away and the film kicks into gear. This is simply because of Tarantino’s writing and Jackson’s delivery. I wasn’t liking the movie too much until that point.
Kurt Russel returns to work with Tarantino for the first time in a long time and this was the best performance from him I have seen. He showed a side of him that I had forgot existed. His lines and points would go on and on but his character was clever and his delivery was on par. Tim Roth also starred in the film and he delivered for the first time in a long time. Tarantino has a tendency to use some of the same actors for many of his films and those relationships show on screen. All the actors look like they are having fun in their roles and actually give it their all to make a great movie.
This movie is very old school. Tarantino loves to pay his respect towards old films and the movie felt very 1960s. He had an overture and an intermission during his three hour picture. That is incredibly old school and something fans of the movie industry would enjoy. The shots and pans he would use are very much his style. You can tell you are watching a Tarantino movie and that is never a bad thing.
Overall, “The Hateful Eight” is another Tarantino movie. If you like his work then you are going to like this one as well. If you aren’t so much a fan then this is not the film for you. The characters are strong, the dialogue is unique and clever, the action in entertaining and can even make you laugh. There are very few directors who can make an audience laugh when another characters head gets completely blown off. It’s over the top but that is because it’s supposed to be. In the end “The Hateful Eight” gets the Will Tarashuk Highly Recommended Award. That means I really enjoyed but a few pacing issues didn’t give it my highest honor of the Seal of Approval. Either way this film is a must see for any Tarantino fan.
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