Review: “The Hateful Eight” Is Far From Tarantino’s Best, but Still Enjoyable





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Posted July 20, 2016 by

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Whenever you start a Quentin Tarantino movie you know you’re going to get a few things every time: colorful characters, entertaining dialogue, over the top violence, and a few twists you didn’t see coming. ‘The Hateful Eight’ delivers on all of those things, yet still somehow feels like it’s lacking that extra ‘oomph’ to put it over the top.

John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Russell) is transporting Daisy Domergue (Leigh) to Red Rock where she will ultimately meet her end. Being chased by a blizzard, they are forced to take up residence in a nearby haberdashery. Picking up Major Marquis Warren (Jackson) and the self-proclaimed new sheriff of Red Rock, Chris Mannix (Goggins), along the way, the four are greeted by a cast of characters already inside of the haberdashery and that’s when the fun begins. No one trusts each other. Everyone is suspicious. Nothing is adding up. Over the course of a couple of days, these eight strangers will have to size one another up and try to keep one step ahead of everyone else or lose their life.


One, if not more, of these people are trying to help Domergue escape. John Ruth is doing his best to make sure they don’t succeed. And Marquis Warren is doing everything he can to get underneath everyone’s skin. Much like the setting of the majority of the film, ‘The Hateful Eight’ is a claustrophobic ‘whodunnit’, and it’s not until the very end that you get all of the answers you’re looking for.

My problem with the film is that it’s close to a three-hour running time and relies on the conversations of these people to get you through most of that. While it’s fun trying to figure out what is going on and who is up to what, at times the story lulls and you’re left wondering when things are going to pick up. In Tarantino’s other films the dialogue is the star of the film, unfortunately the dialogue in this isn’t entertaining enough to carry the heavy load. There are action scenes, yet another head exploding, and blood all over the place, but I fear that it’s not enough to rank this along with his other films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, or even Django. Once you find out who is who and what they’re all planning, I fear that the film won’t have much replay value as that was the most captivating part about the movie.

At this point, I’m judging ‘The Hateful Eight’ on a scale of great Tarantino and good Tarantino. This falls somewhere near the middle for me.





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