I didn’t know what to expect going into the Hateful 8, all I knew was that I should enjoy the movie. I got a lot more than expected I got a full movie experience in a way that I haven’t had before in my lifetime!
When the screen first came on, I was expecting to see previews instead we jump right into the movie. This movie with a run-time of just over 3 hours decided not to waste another 20 minutes of our lives with a handful of previews. This was the beginning of experiencing something different, then there were the chapters giving the film more of a story like feel. Tarantino loves to do these little things that make you respect and enjoy a movie as he did growing up. I never really appreciated it until I noticed how in my own lifetime how much things change. The 70 millimeter version of the Hateful 8 is exactly what you would want it to be. It was more than just a simple enjoyment but an immersion into a forgotten time. At about this point when everything is coming to its apex. You will get to enjoy an intermission, so we could refill our drinks and popcorn relieve ourselves at the bathroom and take a second to remind us all of how amazing the movie is. This was the moment you got excited to sit back down and finish the movie.
Even though this Western had a special old timey feel to it was still given the grit in all the gore that you would expect from Quentin Tarantino. It is done in an artful manner as the grit and gore was always to push the story and add depth to character development. With that said the action in the movie was deliberate the story was told in a manner that felt perfectly driven by the dialogue that bantered between the characters.
The acting in the hateful eight is absolutely superb. From the moment you meet each character the actor gives it their own flavor, enhancing the dialogue that is already been perfected written by Tarantino. The other element of this movie is the not knowing (which one is the killer) it gives you the feel that any of the characters could be the killer. The fact that someone is acting in the shadows to free the woman that shall hang giving the film the tension that you absolutely want.
The final element of this movie is of course the imagery. In a movie like this it becomes very important to believe the environment that the characters have been placed in. This is done with a perfect level of detail. It is in the wardrobe, decor and of course the environment and background. The attention given to the little details are given to make you believe you are in the old west, time period and what people may have to do to make their lives easier in the blizzard.
At the end of the day is hard to say new Quentin Tarantino did not put together an amazing Western the storytelling was it seamless and effortless and its delivery. The visuals were exquisite the soundtrack added the right amount of tension to a scene as needed. This movie may not go down as one of my favorite Quentin Tarantino movies, but is a masterpiece in its own right. With all that said the hateful eight is a 5 out of 5.