Possible spoilers ahead!
Several years after the Civil War (the real one,not the Marvel one), bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his coach driver O. B. Jackson (James Parks) brave a Wyoming blizzard to deliver the murdering Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to justice at Red Rock.
With the massive storm hours away, Ruth runs into an old acquaintance and fellow bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as the son of a Confederate war hero, Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), who claims to be Red Rock’s new sheriff. John Ruth is reluctant to allow either guy into his stagecoach, fearing that Warren or Mannix could be working for Daisy Domergue, but eventually he concedes, and gives both men a ride.
However, the group is unable to outrun the snowstorm, so the men agree to a pit stop at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a local watering hole where The Hangman intends to wait-out the storm. However, Minnie is nowhere to be found; instead, the Haberdashery is inhabited by four polite strangers: Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Bob “The Mexican” (Demián Bichir), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).
Suspicious of all these people, The Hangman digs in and prepares for a two-day stay surrounded by dangerous men with unknown intentions.
It took me a while, but I finally got to see “The Hateful Eight,” and I wasn’t dissapointed. Quentin Tarantino delivered one of his most straightforward and entertaining films to date thanks to a funny and clever script. The film also has gorgeous cinematography by Robert Richardson, as well as excellent performances from a talented roster of actors.
“The Hateful Eight” is a different type of western in that most of the movie takes place in one room. To some viewers this might be boring but I was engaged in the witty Civil War era banter and trying to figure out who was telling the truth.
Hateful Eight doesn’t rely on the spectacle of big battles to entertain; instead, Tarantino crafts a rich set of characters, each guided by their own motivations, and places them all in a unique location, and we get to watch the sparks fly.
Considering the amount of talent Tatantino pur together, it should come as little surprise that every character and encounter is charged with memorable drama, along with comedy, and some quotable one-liners. None of the actors are wasted in the film – and every single one gets a moment in the spotlight.
However, I will say that every time Tim Roth popped up and said something, all I kept thinking was “He’s playing Christoph Waltz.” I mean, Waltz must have turned down this part because that is so a Christoph Waltz role.
Another thing about the actors:if I remember correctly, during award season
Jennifer Jason Leigh was getting all the praise. She got an Oscar nomination, other award nods and I think she won the Golden Globe.
But after watching the movie, I feel that Walton Goggins deserved all the praise and award nominations. He stole every scene he was in, and his Chris Mannix was my favorite character in the movie.
In the end, “The Hateful Eight” is a quality film with unforgettable performances, funny banter, and a storyline filled with twists & turns and plenty of drama.
Yeah its got Quentin Tarantino’s usual violence, gore, and foul language, but the bottom line is” “The Hateful Eight” is one of the director’s best pictures.
“The Hateful Eight” final score: 9