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.
Slow pace but great film
- The Hateful Eight review by gazmb
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You rated this film: 5
I really enjoyed this , yes it's slow moving but the story and suspense is good all through the film. You don't always need explosions or a fast moving plot to have a great film. You really never know who is good or bad in this story or what's going to happen next. Good twists all the way through to the end.
Takes time to Develop, but just like a Fine Wine, the Wait is Worth the While!
- The Hateful Eight review by CS
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You rated this film: 4
This is an incredibly slow film which takes an extremely long time to develop the plot, almost one and a half hours before you start o see any real action. However the last half an hour really explodes with classic Tarantino action, a little bloodthirsty, but well worth the wait! Because this takes such a long time to develop, I can see a lot of people switching off in the first half an hour and I even had to watch this in three instalments because it was so slow! This is more of a play than a movie and I can see it being re-enacted on the stage, as it really does look like a stage play which has been made into a movie! One of the other reviewers suggests that this is like an Agatha Christie who-dun-it and they are right, a bit like watching a Poirot movie set in the American Wild West! Personally I found the plot quite obvious and there are a few flashbacks to explain it to those who don't quite get it first time around, whilst I guessed what was happening early on, this still didn't spoil the fun, as just like an Agatha Christie novel, you get to see if you guessed rightly or wrongly! So it does have an element of fun about it, it just takes a long time to develop, but in the end, I found the wait worth the while!
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.