The Hateful Eight (2015)
“Hangman” John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is transporting a female prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Red Rock, Wyoming in the middle of winter. Along the way he meets Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) who need a ride as well. Stopping along the way at common country store, the 4 meet several strangers inside that give a vibe that something is wrong. Knowing that everyone isn’t as they seem, surviving the snow storm is going to have a whole new meaning.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained), The Hateful Eight has a similar feel and style to his other movies. The movie is full of characters that are well developed and have distinct personalities. The acting is decent and the story flows well. As to be expected from Tarantino films, the characters do A LOT of talking and the dialogue is poetic, however, I do feel like some of the scenes could have been removed as they serve little purpose. There is also action in the form of gun fights that adds some blood to the mix, but I feel this aspect is toned down from his other films and isn’t the main focus.
The Hateful Eight is told in chapters and the story flows in such a way. I knew the run time of this movie was about 3 hours long and it baffled me how you could fill this time with people trapped in a cabin, but Tarantino does a good job filling the time with talk from his characters. The good news with the run time is that you really don’t feel the length. The atmosphere, characters and flow to the story cushion the time spend watching, but be prepared for long movie.
After watching The Hateful Eight, my feelings were that this movie is quite good and engaging, but the ending fell short. The movie felt like it was heading towards a big climatic ending, but ultimately, it was a letdown. I’m sure some people won’t mind or notice, but when you have other Tarantino films to compare it to, The Hateful Eight had higher expectations and should have ended better.
At the end of the day, The Hateful Eight has Tarantino written all over it so fans will enjoy this and haters won’t. I had a good time watching it and would recommend people watch it, but I wish there had been 1 more chapter with a big memorable ending. Co-starring Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum, Zoe Bell, and Demian Bichir.
7/10 Stars – The Hateful Eight has Tarantino’s style and wit, but with too much talking and not enough action, this movie’s ending kept it from being great.