• Name: The Hateful Eight
• Year: 2015
• Country: USA
• Director: Quentin Tarantino
• Main cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
• Runtime: 187 minutes
• Production company: Double Feature Films, The Weinstein Company
The year Quentin Tarantino has a movie out, you know that movie is for sure going to be one of the best ones of the year. Even with “minor pieces” like Django Unchained (2012) or Jackie Brown (1997), those movies are way above the rest of films on our daily basis. So watching for the first time a Tarantino movie is for sure something special, almost a warranty of enjoyment. And with The Hateful Eight, of course his eight film, the situation doesn’t change. Tarantino himself has stated a few times that after his 10th movie he will retire from directing. I seriously hope that is not true, because that means we only have 2 masterpieces left from that unique genius mind. Also Luc Besson said such a thing and after a hiatus in directing he came back with the mediocre Lucy (2014). But I just hope in this case is different, because I don’t want mister Quentin Tarantino to stop doing what he does best, and because I doubt he can deliver mediocrity.
Time will confirm this, but I think The Hateful Eight is one of top Tarantino movies. 3 hours of pure cinema exhibition. Perfect photography, perfect soundtrack, the best dialogs heard in decades, a tempo that nobody else could keep right now, and a priceless cast. We all can have our favorites and least favorites, (Tim Roth always gets on my nerves, and Channing Tatum looks too clean and good for such a dirty movie in dirty times), but still nothing here is to be changed. They all have a reason to be there. And what to say about the 3 main stars? Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh are PERFECT. Like this, in capitals. That is perfection.
At times, the movie goes very slow, but never gets boring. The wonderful landscapes are like any another character, printing their own personality thanks to that exquisite work of photography. And the music gives you the perfect clima for every single fact. All your senses are delighted with The Hateful Eight.
The plot follows the path of the classic western cinematographic world, and sublime Ennio Morricone soundtrack only enforces this fact. After the american civil war, a group of though guys take shelter in a cabin in the middle of nowhere trapped in a snow storm. Some of them are not what they say they are and some other have many secrets that are meant to keep untold. All mixed up with infinite movie references (from Fellini classics to Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), as well as the Tarantino universe itself) and the best of art performances.
Quentin Tarantino has done it again, but this time he has done it big time. This movie is unmissable for any cinema fan, it doesn’t matter what genre is your kind. It is very hard to try to talk about the highlights of this movie, since everything is perfect and standing out for itself. Just watch it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but don’t miss it.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252
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