“The Hateful Eight” Review

19 January, 2016

Director: Quentin Tarantino
ScreenwriterQuentin Tarantino
Director of Photography: Robert Richardson
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth

Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino returns with another violent postmodern western, telling the story of an ever-expanding group of bounty hunters who struggle with trust issues as they trek through a blizzard before choosing to stop by at a local cabin during their journey up to Red Rock.

Hateful Eight Review:

Tarantino’s eighth standalone feature is quite literally a film of two halves. Setting forth at a snail’s pace, the director combines a selection of his favourite veteran actors as he goes on yet another three hour spin in his never-ending bid to make the perfect western. Always keen on staying true to his roots, Tarantino ensures that the framework of his debut movies remains forever present in the background of this one-set talking piece as he produces an alternatively claustrophobic examination of eight individuals who cannot trust one another on face value.

With a number of secondary backstories cushioning the narrative, “The Hateful Eight” is an exercise in self-obsession as Tarantino treks back through his own personal canon of movies to deliver a film that falls in line with the style his fans expect. Despite becoming his own imitator over the years, Tarantino still manages to earn his status, even if this latest feature gives a lot less bang for the buck than some of his better work.

It’s not until “The Hateful Eight” shifts into his second act that we really feel the force of potential with the director’s signature retracing of steps. This is also where the Spaghetti Western vibe really takes over, particularly as the Morricone score finally picks up, and the final few sequences feel well-earned; the ‘two measly bullets’ sequence in particular is another standout exercise in compositional mastery from a director who knows how to return to form when the time is right. If Tarantino had just shaved down some of his more long-winded and time-consuming concepts then perhaps “The Hateful Eight” would deliver more for those unfamiliar with his style.



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