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 these 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…
Jackie Brown - where he tries something different, less swearing and violence, more plot, a good film but disappointed some fans
Kill Bill 1 & II - the cartoon films - violence, unpleasant characters, sparkling crisp funny dialogue
inglourious basterds - Quentin does a war film, violence, unpleasant characters, crisp dialogue, questionable approach to history
Django Unchained - Quentin does slavery, more violence than ever before, unpleasant characters, some crisp dialogue
The Hateful Eight....
Can you see a pattern? Maybe it's me, but Tarantino has been doing his blood and gore with clever words schtick for 8 flims now, and I'm a bit bored. The violence ramps up, but the humour is decreasing. And there is a commonality of ending too, which means you've a fairly good idea of how the film will end before you start. The hateful eight continues the theme (this time, it's a western). Kurt Russell is worth watching, he's a vastly underrated actor and the best bit of the film. But I've reached the stage where I don't get excited about a Tarantino movie. I'd really like to see Tarantino go back to what he tried with Jackie Brown and do something slightly different. But this just a film where he rethreads his past glories into a new setting. Maybe if you are 18, and have never seen any of the first 7 films you'd be blown away (pardon the pun). But I can't see anything new here.
This is really a cross between an Agatha Christie whodunit and a sprawling western, unfortunately it takes a good hour and a half to get there. Once it gets going its a good old fashioned violent western Tarantino style, the acting is great but why do all films have to be over 2 hours these days.