Film Review: The Hateful Eight

DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino STARRING: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoë Bell, Lee Horsley, Gene Jones USA 2015


Quentin Tarantino is once again pushing the boundaries regarding filmmaking. We look at Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained and it can be easily read that The Hateful Eight is a well-crafted perverse and sadistic sequel of Django. Situated 6, 8 or 12 years after the Civil War, where North and South were still struggling with their own and well know differences. The Hateful Eight follows the spaghetti Westerns again, but this time around he goes deep into this insane Sam Pekinpah previous works meets John Carpenter’s The Thing claustrophobic esque.

The Hateful Eight is set in a Wyoming roadhouse, where seven bad men and feisty murder wanted woman. A bounty hunter (Kurt Russell), an ex-Union soldier still battling racial tensions nearly a decade after the Civil War (Samuel L. Jackson), a hangman (Tim Roth), a stranger (Michael Madsen), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff (Walton Goggins), a Confederate General (Bruce Dern) and a murder wanted fugitive (Jennifer Jason Leigh). What a cast and also a bunch of villains.


The plot, the dialogues, the differences between all the characters, all ingredients for the masterful storyteller that Tarantino is to pinpoint the American past and present. Yes, we can say that there is a political agenda, because The Hateful Eight is not a movie about America’s bloody, paranoia and prejudice past, this is a movie about America’s present. Of course that will piss a lot of people, but who the fucking cares about being politically correct, we’re all a bit fed up of being comforted with false causes.

Filmed in 70mm, in order to create a “gloriously” wide aspect ratio of 2.76:1. The Hateful Eight is a masterpiece, claustrophobic bloody, messy and yes it’s “The 8th film by Quentin Tarantino,” you guys have to deal with that.

Words by Fausto Casais

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