The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight
Western, ThrillerDrama
2015

Director: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Goggins, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Lee Horsley, Gene Jones, Keith Jefferson, Craig Stark, Belinda Owino, Zoë Bell, Bruce Del Castillo, Channing Tatum

Oscar Nominations: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Jason Leigh); Best Cinematography; Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone)

Synopsis: 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?

Did You Know? This is Quentin Tarantino’s first film to use a predominately original score.

A Word from the Guise: Tarantino is an excellent storyteller, but he always ruins his films with uncomfortably excessive use of the N-word. While it’s not nearly as bad as Pulp Fiction or Django UnchainedThe Hateful Eight still uses that vile word in excessive attempt to be both funny and gritty. Of course, it is neither. All of the drama is deliberately created by the characters, because they’re cowboys stuck together in a cabin; so naturally they’re all having a dick-measuring contest. The acting isn’t anything to write home about either. Kurt Russell seems to be trying really hard to do his best John Wayne impersonation, while Samuel L. Jackson is, naturally, playing Samuel L. Jackson. Jennifer Jason Leigh has moments where she shines. But the one who is really excellent here is Tim Roth. The thing that really astonishes me is how Tarantino manages to out-gore himself with each successive film. At least from a technical point, the film is brilliant. Filmed in glorious Ultra Panavision, we are given a splendid cinematographic experience, concurrently beautiful and macabre.

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