Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight, is about bounty hunters Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson) and John Ruth (Kurt Russell) as they encounter an ensemble cast of characters at “Minnie’s Haberdashery” on their way to Red Rock.
Simply put, you know what you’re getting with Tarantino; snappy dialogue, interesting characters, plot twists, and blood. This movie has all of those things, but lacks the grit of some of his other works. Much of the plotline reminded me of Reservoir Dogs in the ensemble cast where one is not trustworthy (hope I’m not giving too much away). The stand out performance in Quentin’s all-star cast came from Jennifer Jason Leigh, playing murderer Daisy Domergue, being sent to hang. She was captivating in her nonchalance about dying, as well as her character development over the course of the movie
Perhaps the most interesting part about the movie, which I unfortunately didn’t get to experience, was the release. The movie was released in 70mm Panavision and shown in movie theaters that had the capability to display it. For those of you who don’t know, Panavision is a style of film that was mostly used in the early 60’s (for movies such as The Sound of Music and Lawrence of Arabia) with an extremely wide aspect ratio, creating the appearance of a panorama. Though I did not experience the movie in that format, I could see why the movie was made for it. There were some beautiful cinematic shots of the carriage driving through the snowy landscape. The only problem with this release, was that most of the movie exists entirely in one room. Tarantino could have taken advantage of the cinemascope and had more outside shots.
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%