The Hateful Eight review
written by Souranath Banerjee
A western in Tarantino style – enough said already!
My Ratings: 4/5.
The Wyoming winter at its peak, surrounded by knee-deep snow and tormented by blinding blizzards, literally at the middle of nowhere there is a place called Minnie’s Haberdashery!
And that is where a bounty hunter and his prisoner (among others) goes to take refuge from the treacherous weather, but little did they know that the dramatic events of that single day will change their lives forever.
Narrated by Quentin Tarantino the director himself, the film The Hateful Eight (also Tarantino’s eighth film, hence the name) is a story that revolves around the core dilemma of whom to trust and whom to kill?
The bounty hunters Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, the prisoner Jennifer Jason Leigh and then the rest of the dubious characters Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demián Bichir, Bruce Dern and James Parks all under the same roof and under the same cloud of disbelief and conspiracy.
Acting level is again top class, the brutality and the raw ferocity of the characters is what drives this film till the end.
Shot entirely in the Ultra Panavision 70 process, in an aspect ratio of 2.76:1, using the very same 65mm film that shot the chariot race in Ben-Hur (1959), The Hateful Eight is undoubtedly a cinematic triumph and cinematographer Robert Richardson certainly made sure of it.
Original soundtrack, written and composed by Ennio Morricone, now that’s a first!
If you adore the so called ‘Tarantino way of film making‘ – extreme violence with contrast background scores, the blood-thirsty diabolical characters with their own backstories, cheesy yet stylized dialogues and innumerable graphic deaths at regular intervals – then there is hardly any chance that his eighth film will disappoint you!
Then again, just to make sure, why don’t you take a look at it yourself? And if you look closely enough Channing Tatum will reveal himself, I promise!
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com