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You Won’t Hate The Hateful Eight

Posted by cfeehan on April 8, 2016

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Let’s take a moment to talk about Quentin Tarantino. He’s infamous for being one of the most eccentric directors of our time, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would argue with that. He’s a weird guy, and this definitely shines through in his movies.

One such movie is The Hateful Eight, his most recently released film. It centers around a curious group of eight strangers, consisting of characters ranging from crooks to bounty hunters to hangmen, who seek refuge from a blizzard in a wooden cabin in Wyoming.  The story seems to start off linearly, but some crazy plot twists occur once the movie’s genre transforms into more of a murder-mystery style. And that, my friends, is when you get hooked.

 

First and foremost, PLEASE note that this movie is rated R. If I could give it a rating of R+, I would. In classic Tarantino style, it is excessively violent and uses quite a bit of profanity. If you haven’t had a problem with the style of his movies in the past, you won’t have a problem with this one. Just please do not let your children go anywhere near it.

There are a lot of cool devices used in this movie. For example, it’s broken up into “chapters” with different titles, which almost makes it feel like you’re reading a book because of the obvious transitions between sections. The narrator was also very well-used, and gave the movie a “storytelling” feeling, reinforcing the book-like aspect of the film. These techniques gave the movie a super unique feeling, which was definitely appreciated.

Another thing I love about Tarantino movies is his ability to make traditionally unfunny situations funny. A character could just be saying a regular line, but the way they say it or the way the camera cuts to them makes for a laugh out loud moment. Plus, the moments of silence are perfectly timed and catch the viewer off-guard, which adds another level to the humour. I think this Quentin Tarantino guy knows what he’s doing. The only thing I would say is that the first half of the movie was pretty slow, but the second half makes up for that.

The music was incredibly well-done in this movie. Written by one of the great composers of our time, Ennio Morricone, it always reflected what was going on, and made the situation just a little more epic. For example, there was one scene where one of the characters played the piano during an argument, and the music complimented the situation perfectly, getting more intense during intense parts, and so on. This mastery of music did not go unnoticed, as The Hateful Eight recently won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.

It’s time to talk cast. The headliners in the movie were Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, who both did an amazing job. Samuel L. Jackson’s powerful voice and ability to play up the tensions in the film definitely made his character one of the stronger ones. Jennifer Jason Leigh, who played Daisy Domergue, also did a fantastic job, and she was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. And, drum roll please…Channing Tatum has a brief appearance in the movie! This guy must be one of the Execublog’s biggest stars, because he keeps showing up in the most unexpected places.

All in all, this was a really interesting movie. The murder-mystery aspect was awesome, and instantly engages the viewer because they suddenly have a problem to work through – what led up to this? What’s going to happen next? Whodunit? There were some great laugh-out-loud moments, the cast was great, and the quirkiness was much appreciated. What more could you ask for in a Quentin Tarantino movie?

Check out The Hateful Eight on Execulink's VOD channel (ch. 100) from March 29th to September 28th, 2016