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The Hateful Eight [Blu-ray]
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1. This is Quentin Tarantino's eighth film, and it's his most controlled and focused one.
2. Set shortly after the Civil War, the story is about a group of people headed for a town named Red Rock but who get stranded at a stagecoach lodge during a blizzard. Everybody has their own agendas for being there, and some of those agendas are at cross purposes.
3. The movie is described as a western (Ennio Morricone even wrote the score, which is his first western score in 40 years), but it would be more accurate to say the movie is a actually a mystery. It just happens to be set in the Old West.
4. A lot of the actors have worked with Tarantino before, so everybody kind of fits together like a glove. They know the mix of comic-seriousness that Tarantino goes for, and how to say the dialogue that is just past the line of real life. They all play off of each other very well.
5. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Daisy, a captured murderer on her way to being hanged in Red Rock. Daisy says the least, but she is the most interesting character in the movie, She gets beaten by men over and over, but Daisy not only takes it, she seems to draw strength from it. It's a pretty powerful, paradoxical performance by Leigh.
6. Everybody knows that a Tarantino film is often reminiscent of the old violent grindhouse films of decades past. And while this film does have his trademark violence, especially during the last half, there's not as much as some people will want.
7. Some people may be surprised to see that Tarantino's script contains just as much substance as style.Read more ›
This movie seems to be receiving many negative reviews, based mostly on the following criticisms:
#1 - "The movie is slow and/or too long." If you don't like long movies, or movies that are not filled with non-stop action, I agree that you will not enjoy this movie. Avoid it. If you enjoy suspense, mystery, and entertaining dialogue in spite of run time, you probably will enjoy this movie.
#2 - "This movie has too much gory violence and/or gross sex talk (based on one scene)." If you don't like gory violence or "gross" sex talk, don't watch this movie, and don't watch any movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. If you tend to like the way he uses the humor of over-the-top violence without pulling you so far out of the story that you're any less than enthralled with the fates of the characters on screen, you will probably like this movie.
#3 - "Quentin Tarantino is a dumb liberal who only wants to make message movies about race." If you don't like movies that are themed around race relations in the United States, don't watch this movie. If this movie made you uncomfortable because of this, it's probably a good thing that you suffered through it and had to consider race relations over the history of the United States for three hours, even if you were still just angry afterward (toward blacks, whites, Mexicans, whichever).
#4 - "Quentin Tarantino is obsessed with the N-word." See #2. If you don't like hearing the N-word under any circumstances, you won't like this movie.Read more ›
Regarding its length...I would have still been mesmerized if it were 4 hours long. I never wanted it to end. The dialog is some of the best writing by any writer in history. Any time a film ends leaving you completely satisfied, yet still wanting just another scene or two, it has delivered the goods.
There's something extremely clever about using several of the same actors in multiple films. They all work together well. Tarentino knows how to direct them to get their best work. It's very efficient, and creates a polished product. Tarentino has "Made" several actors' careers and remained loyal to them, while also tapping into some of the best established talent in the industry when accumulation a stellar ensemble. It's no wonder so many actors want to work with him.
In this film, and many Tarentino films, there is never one obvious star with a bunch of supporting actors. Most members of the core cast have their time in the spotlight and each drives the narrative (often by telling a story) before passing the baton. Just when you think one character is the true lead, that character dies, and the focus shifts to another. It's a wild ride and nearly impossible to predict how it will end. You just sit back and enjoy the ride.
It's still amazing to think Tarentino was working in a video rental store while writing "Reservoir Dogs." That film unveiled one of the great American writer/directors, and it has continued through this latest film, his 8th.
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Typical Tarentino fare. Always entertaining and always forcing you to pay attention. All the actors carried off their parts exceptionally well. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Grant L. Martin
As for the movie OMG this was worse than Kill Bill 1 or 2 put together!Published 13 hours ago by Charles J. Cole
For all the good actors in it, I found I couldn't watch the whole movie because it was so bad. Maybe someday I'll suffer through it to see if it actually got any better.Published 17 hours ago by debbie
Kind of weird movie trailer looked good with a lot of good characters but we couldn't stay interested enough to finish the movie!Published 1 day ago by CBH
This movie was a gory Tarantino movie. I was told by many it was stupid but I enjoyed it. You have to be a Tarantino fan I guess. Which I am I wasn't disappointed.Published 1 day ago by Happy house
I thought it was really good. True it was a bit long and a bit boring. But still really good I thought.Published 1 day ago by Danz