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The Hateful Eight

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The Hateful Eight PortraitDirector: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Quentin Tarantino
Genre(s):  Western
Rating: R
Runtime: (roadshow)
Starring: Samuel L. JacksonKurt RussellJennifer Jason LeighTim RothWalton GogginsMichael MadsenBruce DernChanning Tatum

CC Score:
Really Good!

The Hateful Eight is the long awaited 8th film by Quentin Tarantino. It takes place during a cold winter in Wyoming about a decade after the Civil War. Tarantino tells the story of bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) as they head to the town of Red Rock where Daisy will be turned over to the authorities. They come across two men along the way. First they meet Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) an infamous bounty hunter and former union soldier, followed by Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) a southern renegade who claims to be the next sheriff of Red Rock. As a blizzard gains on their stagecoach, they seek shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery where they are welcomed by unfamiliar guests.

Quentin Tarantino isn’t just a talented writer and director, he is a showman. Every feature he has created celebrates the history of film, while bringing his fresh dialogue driven tales to life. The Hateful Eight was shot on Ultra Panavision 70mm film, paying homage to the epic widescreen masterpieces of the 1960’s. This ultra wide 2.76:1 ratio provides a wider and more detailed image. Only a handful of films were made in this format including classics like Mutiny on the Bounty, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Battle of the Bulge. The rich colors and flickering of the projector transports the audience to a bygone era.

His nostalgia continues with event distribution. Starting December 25th, The Hateful Eight will exclusively play at theaters equipped to project 70mm film. It will be presented as a classic roadshow, which includes a musical overture to start the show, an intermission between acts and a souvenir program. An event like this hasn’t taken place in over 50 years. The movie palace experience is worth the ticket price alone.

As usual, Tarantino does a remarkable job with casting. He recruits some old friends like Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern; as well as introduces newcomers Channing Tatum, Jenifer Jason Leigh and Walter Goggins. As history has shown us, if you’re lucky enough to make it into a Tarantino film, you’ll likely be asked to return. Samuel L. Jackson steals the show again with his unparalleled character acting and grandiose monologues. It’s no coincidence that Samuel L. has been in six of Tarantino’s eight films. He was even in True Romance AKA My Best Friend’s Birthday,  Tarantino first film he ever wrote. They compliment each other to perfection.

The Hateful Eight is a wonderful addition to Tarantino’s flawless collection. He is the one director who never disappoints. All the greats seem to have a Raising Arizona in their portfolio, but Tarantino is the exception. This is only his 8th film in over 20 years and there’s good reason. He exclusively works on projects he’s passionate about.

On a scale from 1 to Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight finds itself somewhere in the middle. By no means is it the greatest film he’s ever produced, but it is very good. Three hours with an intermission is a long time to keep an audiences attention, yet The Hateful Eight has no trouble. The dialogue is gripping, the acting is engaging and the story unfolds beautifully. It may not be as widely accessible as Pulp Fiction or Django Unchained, but if you’re a fan of Tarantino, you won’t want to miss The Hateful Eight.

Check out the trailer below and see the Special 70mm Roadshow in select cities today and wide release January 8th!

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The Hateful Eight reviewed on December 28, 2015 by rated 4.0 of 5

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