The Hateful Eight Review


Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson
Kurt Russell Kurt Russell
Jennifer Jason Leigh Jennifer Jason Leigh
Walton Goggins Walton Goggins
Demián Bichir Demián Bichir
Bob (as Demian Bichir)
Tim Roth Tim Roth
Michael Madsen Michael Madsen
Bruce Dern Bruce Dern
James Parks James Parks

Plot: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Review: This is not a sequel to Django Unchained. 

Keep that in mind as you enter the auditorium to enjoy this film.

Instead, this is Quentin Tarantino’s attempt to remake 1980’s classic – The Thing, hell, he’s even got Kurt Russel (sporting some magnificent facial hair) in one of the lead roles.

Even some of the soundtrack has been lifted directly from the film. And whilst it’s true that the plot does have some similarities, I was most reminded of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None  except with a hell of a lot more grind-house style violence seemingly borrowed from The Evil Dead.

But that’s mostly consigned to the second half, (no, literally, my screening came with an interval which several people took to mean the projector was broken and went to demand refunds.) With the first being taken up by Tarantino’s trademark dialogue.

The acting is uniformly excellent with a possible exception being Tim Roths massively exaggerated English accent but after a while even that seemed to make a weird sort of sense.

There’s a lot to love here. Great characters with shades of grey, some awesome violence, amazing music and its nice to see Michael Madsen getting some work. I really and truly enjoyed it and am saddened to hear that there will (allegedly) be only two more Taratino films being made.

2016 is off to an amazing start so far.

My Score- Seee It Now! 


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