Much like Star Wars, I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan. It’s not just the stories he tells, but it’s how he tells them and the dialogue his characters use. Long intricate speeches that are both smart and insightful are what I look forward to seeing, along with music and set pieces that help progress the story along. The Hateful Eight didn’t really have the best trailers, in my opinion, but it did have Kurt Russell and that really interested me. On Christmas Eve I sat with my jack and coke and enjoyed Tombstone, for the 20th time, all to get ready to see what Kurt Russell could bring to a western. Seeing how this is a Tarantino film the dialogue wouldn’t be as tame as Tombstone, but that’s what I wanted to see. I wanted to see a bunch of people in that time period speaking like they should and not skimping on the violence or language.
I’m going to keep this short and spoiler free, so don’t get worried about anything being ruined for you. Hopefully I can get with Rene, Dre or Raul and make a video of reactions to the movie. Let’s start with the look and feel of this movie. I am a huge fan of movies that happen all in a single place or a single day. The pacing seems to work so well and something important always has to be happening to keep your interest there. I feel like I truly am watching a play, only because not only are you watching a certain person but you also have to keep an eye on the background characters. The foreground is good for movies, but for plays your eyes must always be scanning. In this movie there are parts that would actually be ruined by scanning eyes, so tight shots on characters are key for keeping the mystery there. This is an actual who done it type of movie, which isn’t really spoiling much. The concept of a mole is one of those that get’s the audience every time, hell there was even a television show about a person being the mole. During The Hateful Eight you really don’t have to be Batman to try to figure things out, because the characters do it for you. Beat by Beat they walk you through what they have deduced as a solution, and it works because there are some parts that deal with props that you would have never seen coming. Hints are dropped in the beginning that get explained later, only to have a complete twist.
In regards to story, this is one of Tarantino’s best. Each character is introduced in a timely manner and each is given enough time to show what they want the audience to believe. The story you think is the main story is actually the B story and the main story doesn’t happen until everyone is introduced and all feelings have been put out on the table. This may sound odd to you, but when you see it happen it works perfectly. You’ve already met everyone so now when the story point is laid out you have a good idea in your head who did what and who is working with who.
No great movie can be without characters that you love or hate. I won’t give anything away about their personality, but each character does have a purpose. There are no throw away characters and that is also what you have to think about when the main plot point is revealed. There are some characters that tell their story right off the bat and others who don’t tell much, but that’s because there isn’t much to tell.
This movie has to be up there with Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Bastards. I’m nbot sure if I would say it was better than Django Unchained, but this certainly take place not too long after that time. There don’t seem any names that match up with others in the Tarantinoverse, but Red Apple cigarettes do make an appearance in their own way. If you enjoy good dialogue and an interesting mystery then please go see The Hateful Eight.