Movie Review: The Hateful Eight
Updated: May 27, 2019
I asked the MountainMan if he was reviewing this and he stated he was. As I am fan of Tarantino’s work, I really wanted to review it. I should have guessed something was wrong since the MountainMan told me I could review it without a fight. It was as if he knew what would happen.
As per Rotten Tomatoes: Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all...
Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4/10 IMDB rating: 8.2/10 Metracritic: 70/100
Critics Consensus: The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.
This will be a very odd movie review for me as typically praise Quentin Tarantino’s work. This film was a huge swing and a miss. I got riled up to seeing it after listening to the Nerdist Podcast a week ago, and the conversation that was had with Tarantino really put this film up on a pedestal. Keep in mind, Quentin has been on a solid winning streak with Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, The Basterds, and Django. And the huge cast they assembled for this movie was just mindblowing. But then, the dialogue started.
For 85% of this film there is dialogue. 75% of that Dialogue was useless.Understanding you want to build suspense and make your audience wonder is the main goal of most movies. But, For the first 80 minutes of the film, I had no real idea what was going on besides random characters being held up in an inn due to a snow storm. It wasn’t until the violence started whereas they decided to start explaining why the characters were in this Inn. Sure, you knew that Kurt Russell and Sam Jackson were essentially bounty hunters on the way to Red Rock to drop off bounties for money. But the other 4-6 characters were not explained in-depth until after the violence started.
I know what you are thinking, does it really matter? Of course it does. If this was a straight to DVD or online release, the audience would have turned it off halfway through. As this was a theatrical release, you could get up and walk out, but 9/10 people wont. They will sit through it. Just like movies such as Borat, Fantastic Four or any of the scary movie franchise.
But once the violence started, everything made sense and flowed perfectly. But the hardest part was that you had to get there to enjoy the film. Tarantino has been known for this type of dialogue and has become a staple in movie development, but it felt like with Hateful Eight he was trying to push the envelope with it. In terms of release, the date was not a smart release date. How could anyone possibly compete against a movie giant like Star Wars. Understanding there was comments made about it, but strategically, he should have moved the released a few weeks before or after Star Wars so he could have drawn a larger audience.
It is odd that my review is so different from the major critics, but it took me 3 sittings to finish the film. Sorry Quentin. I can only meet you halfway on this one, as it took so long for the film to be interesting.