Every time a new Quentin Tarantino movie comes out, young adult males all over the world squeal a little bit inside. And they should, because especially in the past decade Tarantino has proven to be one of the grand directors of our time. With his blunt, gory and absurd style many of his films have now become true classics. Now that his 8th film has arrived, we get closer to the end of the Tarantino era, who has promised to make 10 films in total. Even though the success of Django Unchained is very hard to top, The Hateful Eight does a pretty good job being as badass as its predecessor.
With another wonderful ensemble of peculiar characters, The Hateful Eight can be best described as a whodunit with blood spill intensified by 800 percent. But hey, what did you expect from Tarantino? Long story short (literally, it’s almost 3 hours long), a group of people in 19th century Wyoming take shelter in a wooden cabin, when someone manages to poison the oh so important coffee. Their job: identify the killer and don’t drink the coffee, which seems pretty hard as tensions rise by the minute. What follows is a 2,5 hour long suspense with plot twists, murder and most importantly the famous Tarantino anecdotes.
Like many of the other movies, The Hateful Eight gets most of its strength from the various colourful characters. There’s a bounty hunter and his prisoner, the all for justice new sheriff, an old grumpy General, a slightly creepy hangman, a Mexican dude, a dodgy cowboy and Samuel L. Jackson. I don’t need to say what his character is like, you will know the type. They all contain a lot of sass in their bodies so there is a whole lot of funny bitching throughout the film, exactly what you would expect. A highlight is an anecdote of Sam Jackson about the son of the general. It is quite explicit and will definitely make you feel uncomfortable, but you can mentally picture Sam Jackson doing a few z-snaps while telling it. Another great character is the only women of the group: prisoner Daisy Domergue. She’s kind of gross, blunt but also a total bamf, who you pretty much find yourself rooting for despite her questionable knowledge about what is to come. Then there’s also a nice cameo of mister Magic Mike himself; Channing Tatum shows up as a notorious gang leader to fuck shit up even more. Tatum seems a bit of an odd choice for a Tarantino movie, but it works pretty well within the universe and besides, his 21 Jump Street buddy cop Jonah Hill also got cameo role in Django Unchained. Fair enough.
Another thing that Tarantino nails in his movies is the cinematography and The Hateful Eight is no exception. Although he is a bit restricted within the walls of the cabin, he manages to make some wonderfully choreographed shots and especially the outside shots and scenes in the pure white snow are very beautiful. Even Sam Jackson’s anecdote is visually stunning, if it wasn’t for that other thing. Still, the best part of the movie is the intro. The intro of the Hateful Eight might be one of the best ones I have seen in years, and all because of one thing: the music score. Visually, it only consists of a Jesus Christ on the Cross statue in a snowy landscape, not something you’d normally sit through for 7 minutes. However, along with the musical score it makes it worth the while. The music is beautifully composed by Ennio Morricone and leaves the perfect disturbed impression of what you can expect in the following 3 hours. I have already put it is now in my favourites list and makes my everyday activities just a little bit more exciting than they have to be.
Fans of Tarantino will once again be happy with the result; a grand movie with the right amount of gore, violence and dark humour to fit their needs. To other people, it might be a bit of a struggle to keep focused for 3 long hours. Especially if you don’t exactly get the essence of Tarantino movies, you once again might be weirded out by his distinct style. Although essentially there is nothing wrong with The Hateful Eight, it is not going to be one of the more popular Tarantino films, like Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and my personal favourite Inglourious Basterds. It just misses something for that. Nonetheless, if you feel like losing your morals for an evening and enjoy a good old bloodbath, make sure to catch this one, for it has the perfect unethical nature you need.