Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino produces new film

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Movie poster for The Hateful Eight. Samuel L. Jackson stars or appears in nearly every Quentin Tarantino film.

For fans of Quentin Tarantino and fans of bloody and gory action-packed violence filled films, The Hateful Eight does not disappoint. The storyline was brilliant with the typical Tarantino plot twists. This film has well earned a 4.5/5 stars.

The characters were all fantastically played and developed. Like the majority of Tarantino films, the cast was small and focused on a group of eight men. Tarantino, to no surprise, used familiar actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. The movie was laid out into chapters which helped it seem more like a story instead of a regular film, similar to what he did in Kill Bill volumes one and two. Tarantino also made a cameo, once again to no surprise, as a narrator.

The movie did take a while to get going, but did not fail to keep the viewer entertained throughout. Considering that it takes place in Wyoming right after the Civil War, there was quite a bit of racial tension, which is never good to have between eight men in a small cabin. The movie starts off by seeming to be about two bounty hunters traveling into the town of Red Rock to collect their money on their dead or alive prisoners, but after being forced to take shelter in a haberdashery due to a bad blizzard, it twists into a murder mystery, only making the viewer sit on the edge of their seat even more.

Another thing Tarantino does excellent in, is the mind-boggling and jaw dropping monologues he puts into his films. Samuel L. Jackson delivers a thrilling and very R rated detailed monologue to an old man about the death of the man’s lost son. Another thing adored by his fans, is Tarantino’s use of gore which, again, took a while to get going, but was beautiful. The film contained everything from exploding heads to the vomiting of pure blood from one character’s mouth, onto another character’s face, just beautiful.

I highly recommend this film to all Tarantino fans, especially the ones who favor Kill Bill vol.1 and Pulp Fiction, and if you’re not familiar with Tarantino, go and see the film and be graced by his beautiful work.