“Got room for one more?” Finally, another Tarantino film in theaters: The Hateful Eight ! And that’s all you need to know to get excited.
The director’s 8th film is brilliantly acted, incredibly well written and enormously bloody which is the norm for any Quentin Tarantino film.
The story revolves around Bounty Hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) who is bringing a prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the town of Red Rock to hang. Along the way, they are faced with a blizzard and encounter Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) and all four of them end up in a cabin where they meet four other strangers. The rest is like a game of clue, where everyone suspects each other and it’s also very reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There We’re None” but Tarantino style.
Kurt Russell is absolutely fantastic in this movie, as is Samuel L. Jackson, who gives one of the best performances of his entire career. He is so great in this movie and is Oscar Worthy. He was funny, sarcastic and his character was the most layered and had the most screen time. He’s the main character and carries the entire film.
Jennifer Jason Leigh was terrific and should be nominated for best supporting actress. There is a scene near the end without giving anything away where she was almost terrifying to look at. She is terrific and without a doubt deserves to get nominated.
It’s also great too see Tim Roth and Michael Madsen back in a Tarantino movie and they’re a both amazing in their roles. The entire cast is incredible and everyone does a great job. Channing Tatum also appears in a cameo, and he seems somewhat out of place and is a bit too noticeable. He was good in the role but was miscast and took me out of the movie.
There’s also a fair amount of over the top Tarantino carnage like they’re always is in an a Tarantino film. The movie also feels extremely claustrophobic since it takes place in that one environment. It almost felt like The Shining where the characters are completely cut off from society and there are no laws or morality.
As for flaws, the film is too long and it takes too much time getting to the cabin. The opening act is all dialogue, and while the dialogue is fantastic, it is not as good as Tarantino’s other works like Pulp Fiction or Inglorious Basterds. It wasn’t as interesting and the movie sometimes crawled along a bit and the pacing wasn’t as smooth as it should have been. There aren’t as memorable quotes as those movies, but the dialogue was still on point and there we’re some very funny lines.
Nevertheless, The Hateful Eight is one of the best movies of the year and offers fantastic performances, great writing and an intriguing mystery in the process.