The Hateful Eight ****

“The Hateful Eight” is the eight film by Quentin Tarantino. If you didn’t know that already the helpful credits at the beginning will let you know. When I read that Tarantino was doing another western I began imagining that this would be sort of spiritual sequel to “Django Unchained”. How wrong I was.


“The Hateful Eight” is probably Tarantino’s darkest and nastiest film to date. All of the characters are truly despicable in their own nasty ways. I hesitate to say that any of them are the hero of this story. The story mostly takes place at Minnie’s Haberdashery during a blizzard. Eight different types of villain are hold up during the storm. Eventually it comes to light that some of them have connections. Eventually bitter hatred and secret revelations result in blood shed.


From a filmmaking stand point this might be Tarantino’s most visually gorgeous film to date. It is shot in ultra wide screen using 65mm cameras that capture even the tiniest details. From the epic shots of a snow covered country side to the cold and dusty barn where the horses are stabled, this is some of the best cinematography I have seen in a Tarantino movie. The score by Ennio Morricone is down right haunting.


Now after eight films by Tarantino i’m pretty sure you know whether you are in to his films or not. If you disliked “Django Unchained” or “Kill Bill” then you are probably goin to really dislike “The Hateful Eight”. It is a nasty and violent film that I enjoyed from start to finish.


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