The Hateful Eight


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A stagecoach carrying John “The Hangman” Ruth and his prisoner, Daisy Domergue, Major Marquis Warren, and Chris Mannix arrives at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stopover location on a mountain pass befor reaching its destination of Red Rock, Wyoming, where Ruth will bring Domergue to justice. They are greeted by some unfamiliar faces and as the night progresses, with a blizzard raging outside, the travelers start to wonder if they’re going to make it out of there.

Tarantino fans are going to love this one. It is a return to the good old days of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction when it was more about the story and the over-the-top violence. Not that the later movies forgot about this, but if you think about it, both Kill Bill movies, Inglorious Basterds and Django had more of “show” factor with their soundtracks and way more humor than gore. The majority of The Hateful Eight’s plot happens in the same location and it’s a whooping 3 hours long and at no point do you ever consider “when is this going to end?” To say it’s very intriguing is an understatement.

It helps that it has an all-star ensemble cast, many who are Tarantino regulars. Samuel L. Jackson (6th movie), Kurt Russell (2nd movie), Jennifer Jason Leigh (1st movie), Walton Goggins (2nd movie), Demián Bichir (1st movie), Tim Roth (4th movie), Michael Madsen (3rd movie), and Bruce Dern (2nd movie). Other frequent collaborators in minor characters appear in this movie such as Zoe Bell and James Parks. There are also a few surprises here and there, but it’s best not to mention them to not spoil it. Their performances were all pretty top-notch with Samuel L. Jackson being particularly badass (as usual) and Jennifer Jason Leigh, although with not a lot of dialog, plays a pretty raw, almost feral character that you’ll remember for a while.

With a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, this movie already feels like a classic!


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