The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room

Culture Editor Asad Charania of St George’s University of London,

reviews the latest Tarantino blockbuster

 

Quentin Tarantino needs no introduction, but for the few who may not know he is one of the greatest directors of our time. With films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Django Unchained, he’s got a pretty stellar record. Obviously I’m a huge fan, ever since my dad “by mistake” let me watch Pulp Fiction at the tender age of 12 (he is convinced that watching Vincent Vega stabbing Mia’s heart with an adrenaline shot is why I’m doing medicine).


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Hateful Eight is Tarantino’s eighth film, and his record remains intact. A blizzard traps eight strangers in a haberdashery in the middle of Wyoming. Amongst these is John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth, (Kurt Russell) a feared bounty hunter, transporting our villain Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) for a bounty of $10,000 ($239 000 in present times). Along his travel he picks up two unlikely companions Major Marquis Warren (Samual L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War, tensions are high as Major Warren (a black Major fighting for the Unionists) is sat opposite the rebel reprobate Chris Mannix fighting for the confederates.

As group reaches their safe haven, Minnie’s Haberdashery, the story truly begins. Thrown in with four other strangers; confederate general Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), cowboy Joe Gage (Micharl Madsen), Oswaldo Mobray and Senior Bob (Demian Bichir), allies and enemies quickly form with the temptation of the Hangman’s prized bounty. However when a shocking murder occurs were quickly thrown into an unconventional murder mystery, and in a room full of killers who can anyone trust?

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The story may be a simple one, but the dialogue and performances stand out and they make the film fantastic. This shouldn’t be a surprise, Tarantino is known for being one of the only directors who can truly captivate an audience with dialogue alone.

The Hateful Eight showcases all the classic Tarantino tropes; 70mm film, non-linear structure, the list goes on. Despite this, the Hateful Eight stands on it’s own. There’s majesty to this film, with the tight setting in a cabin and a surprising intermission, Tarantino makes you feel like you’re watching a play. It may not sound like much but it made the film feel like an event.

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I had a great time with the Hateful Eight, deep characters, memorable quotes and dark twists give us everything we want from a Tarantino film. It’s definitely something you check out in cinema, take a few friends, and make a night of it.

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