Review: The Hateful 8

The Hateful 8

The Hateful 8

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 187 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 15-JAN-2016

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock’s new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all.

Overall Review:
8th Film from Tarantino: The Hateful 8 is classic Tarantino with all the bloody action, violence, killing, twisted story and black humor, as any other of his movies are. The storyline is a simple one, but it’s told in a complex, interesting, and relatively unique way that is guaranteed to keep your eyes glued to the screen throughout the entire 3 hour run time of the movie. As expected, film is divided into 5 Chapter – Signature style of Tranatino. The film is well crafted with solid direction, good cinematography and stellar performances especially from Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sam Jackson. The film will be only liked by Quantin Tarantino fans. However, this is not director’s best work as film lags in editing area.

Performance & Technical Review:
The use of chapters makes us know that it’s a Tarantino film we’re watching. The characters in this film are grand. The story is actor-driven. This means that if the acting is not excellent, the story will fail as a work of drama. In this case, the acting is excellent and often superb. There are eight principal characters in the story. Each character has a story. Each is trying to survive and get over on the other. Samuel L Jackson and Kurt Russell are just superb in their characters but its Jennifer Jason Leigh who steals the show. Samuel Jackson delivers Tarantino’s lines with the same energy that he did with Pulp Fiction. Film excels in direction and cinematography. However crisp editing would have given a little push to the film in editing department. Gore / Violence in the film is disturbing at times.

PDF Verdict: The Hateful 8 could have been another masterpiece of Tarantino if director would have given the film a little extra push. Nevertheless, stellar performances with gore/ violence, twists in the story and splendid cinematography makes this film a worth watch at least once. Strictly recommended for TARANTINO fans.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 5 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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