Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino's eighth film produced by Miramax is a dialogue heavy, violent Western that strikes a very similar chord to his first film Reservoir Dogs. The primary action in this film takes place in a single room, Minnie's Haberdashery. All the actors were on point though some only had a few moments to shine.

Kurt Russell plays John Ruth, a rough bounty hunter. There were so many instances where he smacked around his bounty, Daisy Domergue played brilliantly by Jennifer Jason Leigh, that I'm surprised advocates against images of violence against women aren't up in arms alongside the cops who also claimed to boycott Tarantino's film for an appearance at a Black Lives Matter event. Leigh gives Domergue vicious character and though a viewer doesn't know it at the beginning, eventually one can see her viciousness. 

Samuel L. Jackson deserves the most praise and rightfully graces center stage in the poster. The heavy-lifting of the dialogue fell to Jackson's Major Marquis Warren. His taunting of the Confederate General Sandy Smithers, an old Civil War vet played by Bruce Dern, gives of the most amusing and disturbing monologue of the film. Major Warren is also responsible for a lot of the gun-slinging and violence as the end heads towards a climax. 

I've been a fan of Walton Goggins since his performance as Shane in the Shield, and he delivers as the Sheriff Chris Mannix with classic Goggins flair sounding just right spouting Tarantino dialogue. It's nice to see an actor who had shown such promise become such a star alongside a great director.

Micheal Madsen, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum, and Demian Bichir all had great bit parts but none of them really had a chance to explore their characters with so many actors sharing the screen. 

The payoff was gruesome and overall satisfying. I hope Tarantino continues to make these clever and entertaining films for a long time to come!

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