Quentin Tarantino to me is one of those directors/writers that you can love or love even more. I have enjoyed many films of his in the past including Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn, Inglorious Bastards, and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2. Adding The Hateful Eight to his collection just intensifies my enjoyment of his films.
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, 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 (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in those parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), 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 (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
The Hateful Eight is a piece of art in a way because Quentin Tarantino decides to film it in Ultra Panavision 70, something that hasn’t been done in about 20 years. It offers the widest image of a shot, and just intensifies each scene that is shot with it. While I was happy to get a chance to see this on DVD/Blu-Ray I wish I could have seen it in the theater. This is one film I would love to see a re-airing of soon in a movie theater near me.
Want to own your own copy of it, grab it here over at Amazon, as I think this would make an excellent addition to your movie collection, or a great gift idea. Get it now, and save it for Christmas.
So did you get a chance to see The Hateful Eight in theaters? What is your favorite Quentin Tarantino film? Let me know below. ~Tom
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