Review: The Hateful Eight
Director: Quentin Tarantino
By Sarah Stopforth
The opening credits of this film grabbed me in the classic Tarantino way: a white landscape of snow, accompanied the slamming yellow text with the infamously ‘Quentin’ stylised soundtrack. I actually laughed out loud at how Tarantino the opening was; but I loved it nevertheless.
It was refreshing to see another modern-day interpretation of the Western, especially from the mind and the panache of Quentin Tarantino (Django: Unchained (2012), Pulp Fiction (1994)). Tarantino has put together a seriously talented ensemble cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum, and Michael Madsen, all playing filthy criminals who get stuck in the cabin of Minnie’s Haberdashery, after a snow storm hits the Wyoming countryside.
There is a lot of tension and a lot of blood, as to be expected, The Hateful Eight follows many of the similar themes you would normally find in a Tarantino film, the revenge seekers and the underdogs rising above their authoritarians. The film floats along within its own world, each character beautifully crafted, and the sweeping cinematography capturing every detail of the art direction; it really feels like you’re the ninth person in the room.
My favourite part is without a doubt is Tarantino’s voice over about who poisoned the cabin coffee. A classic scene in cinema right there, ladies and gentlemen.