Movie Review: “The Hateful Eight” by Blade Brown
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
There is no living filmmaker who can deliver a unique experience like Quentin Tarantino. Besides the great Aaron Sorkin, there’s probably no other screenwriter who can create captivating dialogue like Mr. Tarantino. In his new movie, the extremely talented ensemble cast fire on all cylinders and bring the most devilishly entertaining movie of the year.
The film starts with Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) hitching a ride with bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell), who’s transporting prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the town of Red Rock to be executed. During their trip, they come across Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a man stranded in the storm who claims to be the newly appointed sheriff of Red Rock. Ruth reluctantly invites Mannix aboard, and the group travels to Minnie’s Haberdashery, where they plan to hold up until the storm passes. While there, they meet four people: Bob ( Demián Bichir), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth) and Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern). While there, Ruth gets the feeling that someone in the group is working with Domergue and intends to break her free.
The movie’s title is very well deserved, as every character is very hard to like. In fact, every single person is down right evil. With Warren being the only black person of the main cast, he gets racial slurs thrown his way throughout the entire movie. While its not as bad as Django Unchained, the “N” word is used very fluently. And in typical Tarantino fashion, the violence is extreme. When the shooting starts, its brutal and bloody. While its runtime is 2 hours and 47 minutes, the film does a great job with its pacing and doesn’t seem nearly as long as it is. This is due in part to the fantastic writing of Quentin Tarantino, who I’m certain will earn another Oscar Nomination for best screenplay. One scene in particular, a ten minute monolog with Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Warren and Bruce Dern’s Sandy Smithers is without a doubt the most tense scene I’ve seen all year.
While the film is a very solid ensemble piece, there are two people in particular that stick out: Walton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson. The two play off of each other very well. And while they’re both immoral, they probably have the best character of all involved in the film. Not to mention, they provide the most laughs throughout the movie.
THE BOTTOM LINE
With his second western in a row, Tarantino seems right at home with the genre. This is a great movie, and Samuel L. Jackson gives arguably his best performance since Pulp Fiction. When the Oscar nominations are announced, I hope he gets the recognition he deserves, because he’s absolutely outstanding in this movie. While it may not be Quentin’s best work, its in his top 3 for sure.
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