The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight ★★★★½

“You believe in Jesus now, huh bitch? Well good. 'Cause you 'bout to meet him.”

3rd Rewatch

This film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Demián Bichir, and Channing Tatum

This is up there with my favorite Tarantino movies, each time I revisit the film I like it more and more. The performances from the entire cast are incredible, Kurt Russell is one of my all time favorite actors, I love how he always plays the guy who takes no shit from anyone, he has such a lovable screen presence, he’s really fantastic as John the hangman in this movie. I’ve actually become a huge fan of Walton Goggins lately, he’s another actor that just has an likable energetic screen presence, he plays one of my favorite characters in the whole film and he absolutely nailed the role. Samuel L. Jackson is great as usual, he had some really hilarious quotes. Those three were the biggest standouts for me but believe me when I say that pretty much everyone in the film turns in an Oscar worthy performance.

“Kick it in! Kick it in!"

Tarantino style of directing/writing is so unique and the story he created with this film is one of his most memorable in my opinion. This film has always given me John Carpenters The Thing vibes with the snowy isolated setting, the intensity, untrustworthy characters, and surprisingly Ennio Morricone’s score gave me heavy John Carpenter vibes which is a really great thing, it also has Kurt Russell so that helps. I really enjoyed the mystery element to the film, it was so well handled by Tarantino. The suspense/tension between characters that slowly builds up is also so fantastic, I remember the first time I watch the movie I was so into it and putting the pieces together as things were happening was so awesome.

“Till they invent a trigger a woman can't pull, if you're a hang man, you're going to hang woman.”

I really enjoyed Tarantino’s subtle narration throughout some scenes in the film just to catch the viewer up on the situation between chapters. Speaking of the chapters, I really liked how they transitioned into the different chapters and each of them left off with a little cliff hanger, it’s just a nice little touch I enjoyed. This movie is a little over 3 hours long and yet somehow it doesn’t feel like that at all after every viewing, I guess that’s the power of great storytelling and captivating characters. The ending of this movie is an absolute bloody good time like most of Tarantino’s films and I love it. Finally I’m going to talk about Robert Richardson’s cinematography, to put it simply, it’s phenomenal and from what I’ve read they shot the movie with 70 mm film and I gotta say that it’s absolutely beautiful.

Overall this movie is absolutely FANTASTIC and is one of my favorite Tarantino films.

9.5/10

“Well, like I said friend, you got me at a bit of a disadvantage.”

“Keeping you at a disadvantage is an advantage I intend to keep.”

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