Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Hateful Eight
Releases December 25, 2015
3 hr 7 mins
Rated R
Action, Adventure


Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren
Kurt Russell as John Ruth
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue
Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix
Demián Bichir as Bob
Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray
Michael Madsen as Joe Gage
Bruce Dern as General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers
James Parks as O. B. Jackson
Dana Gourrier as Minnie Mink
Zoë Bell as Six-Horse Judy
Lee Horsley as Ed
Gene Jones as Sweet Dave
Keith Jefferson as Charlie
Craig Stark as Chester Smithers
Belinda Owino as Gemma

Channing Tatum as Jody

Review by Mister Goodfella's Reviews

Quentin Tarantino returns to the screen in glorious 70mm Panavision to bring you his true western masterpiece "The Hateful Eight." Quentin Tarantino is by far my favorite filmmaker and one of the greatest to ever live.  Having said that "The Hateful Eight" is his true western installment separating itself from his previous western "Django Unchained". For months I've heard people protest the fact that Quentin decided to take on another western instead of going his usual way and switching up his genre, and now I'm seeing people who protested feel horrible because they underestimated what another Tarantino western would be like. Admittingly I was disappointed when I first learned the news about another western, but then when I heard what Quentin wanted to do with that genre in order to blend his style in I immediately got on board. "The Hateful Eight" in my opinion insists "Reservoir Dogs" married "Django Unchained" and had been sheltered in a Sergio Leone household. 

    The simplicity of this idea was just enough to let Quentin really take hold of his dream of making a real western, by surrounding his stylish techniques with grand and glorious shots of western wildlife and landscape. The plot of this grand western follows bounty hunters, a sheriff, a hangman, a prisoner and a drifter all brought together to take shelter from a blizzard however one of them is not who they appear to be. The plot takes so much inspiration from Quentin's first feature film "Reservoir Dogs" which follows a group of thieves who take shelter in an abandoned warehouse to take shelter from law enforcement after a daring heist. This inspiration felt unique all over again to me due to the fact that it’s a story I felt I’ve seen before but it takes place in a time I’ve never lived in before so it’s already an intriguing adventure to take. This film features an ensemble cast consisting of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir and also features some Tarantino regulars such as Kurt Russel, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth. 

    This is the best cast performance I’ve seen this year, with performances that feel completely natural and that complement each other. Jennifer Jason Leigh as well as Kurt Russel gave phenomenal performances in particular that wouldn’t surprise me if “Oscar” nominations or wins were to follow. The other grand feature that "The Hateful Eight" has over any other film releasing this year or any other Tarantino film that's released is that this film was shot on 70mm Panavision film. The Panavision 70mm showcase is one that's rarely ever used but was used in this case to inspire other filmmakers to release their films this way. Film as we've known for a long time now is dying, being torn apart by digital projection. Most viewers in this generation don't understand the difference in 35mm, 70mm or digital but true film followers can tell right off the bat. 

    There's a gritty timeless illusion that's created by film grain and just the overall experience of seeing a film in Panavision, which I would call the old school "IMAX". Panavision 70mm makes you feel as if you were in "The Hateful Eight" and in spite of the grand format there is also a homage to westerns of the old days by using an "Overture" at the beginning of the film and a 12 minute "Intermission" halfway through the film. Ever since seeing the film on 70mm and having the intermission, I've thought to myself that other filmmakers would truly benefit off of using this tactic. Not only is an intermission a refreshing break, it also gives the director an opportunity to give an enormous cliffhanger making the audience want to return after intermission to finish off the film. Aside from all of Tarantino's grand treats in this installment his directing is at its peak and I see the bar only rising higher with his next film. 

    The classic dialogue sequences in which Tarantino is known for is strong here as well as the cartoon like violence and the intense buildup to the violence. The film is also followed by a grand score courtesy of the legendary Ennio Morricone who has scored his fair share of westerns. "The Hateful Eight" is an operatic western, a gritty film that surpasses "Django Unchained" in every way finally proving Tarantino is no stranger to the "The Western" genre. One of my top five favorite Quentin Tarantino films.

Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

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