Flash Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

There was a time where it was considered a palace. With Moorish trappings and an abundance of wrought iron railings the building stood tall over all other ones within several blocks. I was lucky enough to get inside of it, though it had lost its moniker by then. This place was a movie palace; an old fashioned theater that had one single enormous screen, covered by a set of red velvet drapes. The rows of seats were bolted to a sloping floor that looked like a swelling wave, particularly if one stood either at the front or back of them. The theater was built decades before anyone thought of putting stadium seating into an auditorium. I remember the time I visited this place and was fascinated with the fine details of the theater lobby. There were candelabras on the walls with fake candles that looked like they were dripping white wax from their amber colored, flickering lightbulbs. To the right of the candy counter was a grand staircase that swirled up to a balcony that was perched just below the mosaic tiled ceiling. Before the movie started there as a low audible rumble throughout the theater. Slowly rising up from the stage in front of those velvet drapes, was a huge pipe organ being played by a man dressed in a tuxedo; it was wild. I imagined that in its heyday when a new movie was being shown in this theater it was an event…and today’s movie could have easily been on the schedule.    BOUNTY hunter John Ruth, played by Kurt Russell (Tombstone, Death Proof), and his prisoner Daisy Domergue, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Machinist, Road to Perdition), were forced to hole up in a roadside establishment until a winter blizzard passed by. They were not the only ones who had the same idea. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2), this mystery thriller was an experience to be seen. Nearly 3 hours long, there were no movie preview trailers; the film started on time with an overture and there was a planned intermission. The crowd was handed a complimentary program; I was taken aback. The filming  and soundtrack were incredible to see and hear as the story was set in Wyoming. With Samuel L. Jackson (Chi-Raq, The Avengers franchise) as Major Marquis Warren and Bruce Dern (Nebraska, Monster) as General Sandy Smithers among the cast, this film had a great script with wonderful dialog. Yes, there was what I refer to as the Tarantino blood and violence scenes but there was not as much as his previous films. The story took some time to get into because it started out slow with long drawn out shots. I felt some scenes could have been eliminated or at least shortened. As with his past films Quentin did a beautiful job of paying homage to past celebrated directors. Watching this film festival winning western was truly an experience. There were scenes with blood and violence.


3 1/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 28, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Quentin’s movies have NEVER failed to entertain me! I am so looking forward to this one! Sorry if I never get back to post about any movies you have reviewed that I’ve watched. So many blogs, so little time! But I read ALL your reviews!

    • Please, there is nothing you need to apologize for; I am so grateful and honored that you are an avid reader of my reviews. Have fun going to this film when you can. Thank you so much.

  2. I love Tarantino movies (except Jackie Brown – I can’t get into that one at all) so I’m desperate to see this. Definitely and absolutely not one for the kids though so goodness knows when we will be able to see it. At least it sounds like this movie will meet my high expectations.

  3. I can’t believe he’s only directed 8 movies! Incredible portfolio. He makes the kind of movies my friends and I wish we could make hehe. This movie hasn’t hit our cinemas yet (Australia) but I will definitely be going to see it. I think I’ll be seeing The Revenant first though.

  4. Mr Pict and I watched this last night. I thought it was a hugely impressive movie, though not Tarantino’s finest work. Visually it was absolutely breathtaking. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to see it in Panavision as I think that experience would have been quite arresting. Whether it was the expansive landscapes or the claustrophobic interior scenes or the focus on faces, the lensing was just absolutely flawless. I also thought the performances were incredible. Even those with very few lines and less focus managed to imbue their characters with a real sense of individuality. I think it is the best I have ever seen from Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins was a standout. In fact, I would have said he was the best thing in the movie had it not been for Sam Jackson’s magnetic performance and his powerhouse delivery of all those monologues. Does anyone else monologue as well as Jackson? I also thought thematically it was an interesting movie about fate and death and, perhaps more pertinently, the idea of the haberdashery as a microcosm of American post-Civil War society, raising very contemporary issues. I think the very best of Tarantino’s films are ones that can be watched over and over and over again. I am not sure how many rewatches this one will warrant. I am sure I will watch it again, just not as frequently as I watch some of his others.

    • Yes, Jackson was excellent and I too loved Jenifer Jason Leigh. I was fortunate to see it in Panavision and it was impressive and grand. Even the soundtrack was the perfect touch to this film. Thank you for sharing your in depth and thought provoking comments.

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