The Hateful Eight (2016)
Directed By Quentin Tarantino
What has the director done before?
The Hateful Eight is the eighth movie by Quentin Tarantino, surprising isn’t it, considering that he is such a staple of today’s culture. It is his first movie that doesn’t really focus on the revenge aesthetic that is synonymous with the Tarantino name. Revenge is a topic that Tarantino is very good at and The Hateful Eight is Tarantino’s first effort to step out of the revenge genre which was interesting but perhaps not as good as the revenge stories he has created in the past.
What let the movie down?
The Hateful Eight is 3 hours and 7 minutes long and has an intermission in between, so it is a very long movie. The first half of the film builds up the premise of the film and introduces you to the characters’, the second half is when the party really begins. I personally found the intermission really annoying because it happens when the film starts to finally get interesting. The first half of the Hateful Eight let the movie down because it was so long and monotonous, characters’ were introducing themselves to each other more than once, so some scenes definitely could’ve been cut. The Hateful Eight plays out like it was made for the stage rather than for film.
What did I like?
The characters’ in The Hateful Eight were well developed; the two standout performances were by Samuel L Jackson as Major Marquis Warren a.k.a. “The Bounty Hunter” and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue a.k.a. “The Prisoner”, they were the most engaging characters. The most enjoyable part of the movie is definitely the second half of the film when Tarantino himself narrates the second half possibly as a subliminal apology for the boring first half of the film.
Could it have been better?
I am not entirely sure if The Hateful Eight could have been better, the film is kind of like a play, so perhaps some scenes could have been cut. My patience was tested to the limit with the amount of dialogue, but it was a Tarantino film so I forced myself to concentrate.
The first half of the film is useful as it introduces you to the context of the film, so perhaps it was so slow to make the second half of the film seem fast and shocking, kind of like a play. Quentin Tarantino is planning on adapting The Hateful Eight for the stage and I for one am excited about this, I am sure it will do very well.
Watch in the cinema or watch on DVD?
As you have probably realised The Hateful Eight probably won’t be playing in a cinema near you, especially if it’s a Cineworld, PictureHouse and Curzon Cinema. The main reason to go on a journey to go watch this film is to watch it in Ultra Panavision 70mm, but to me I think its seems redundant because the whole film takes place in one room and is mainly made up of close up shots . So unless you want to see close ups of Samuel L Jackson, I would say the film works just as well on a normal cinema screen.