The Hateful Eight is set in post-Civil War Wyoming where bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Although it might be a sin to speak publicly about how you’re not a fan of a series of films that have garnered critical acclaim and known for it’s racist characters and bloodthirst, I am (un)fortunately one of those people who doesn’t really enjoy Quentin Tarantino films but can at least appreciate the work that was created. It’s not the blood-soaked scenes of racism that turn me away from Tarantino’s work, it’s the series of events that occur that don’t seem to have a real sense of purpose and often his soundtracks are the best and sometimes the most memorable parts of the film.
All set in a single location and filled with strong dialogue, unexpected twists, and the dark “humour” that Tarantino is known for, the film is packed with confrontations and continues to explore the relations of race against a backdrop of excessive violence in the old west.
The scenery of the film was picturesque and telling a story within a singular location is always an interesting feat, but the lack of emotional connection with the characters hardly felt real with what was presented. Maybe it was because many of the characters felt added on to make up the numbers of the title. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives the best performance of the film with the talent that is Samuel L. Jackson (a Tarantino film regular) and Kurt Russell somewhat underused. The film also is at least 47 minutes too long, feeling stretched out.
This is hardly Pulp Fiction but still a strong film in Tarantino’s filmography.