THE HATEFUL EIGHT
BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 stars)
It looks like Quentin Tarantino has finally run out of ideas. Instead of stealing ideas and concepts from other movies, he's now stealing it from his own movies.
The Hateful Eight is the eighth movie by Quentin Tarantino. The Plot: Set in the old Wyoming West, a bounty hunter and his prisoner meet a group of nefarious characters at a cabin during a blizzard. Change the date and place and it sounds a lot like Reservoir Dogs. This bloated three-hour movie should have been named “The Wasteful Eight”—because it wasted the talents of the eight main actors. The film is long on gutter language trying to overly explain each character. Set up as a six-chapter story, the film laboriously and painstakingly drags its way over more than 3 hours to the "who-done-it " ending of the film, which occurs in the last 20 minutes.
Beautifully shot in 70mm, the story is so slow that you can actually feel yourself growing old while watching this movie. The longwinded speeches, the turgid moments of silence, the repetitiveness of dialogue—are just plain boring. Scenes are inconsistent. In one scene’s view you can see the actors and their warm breath in the cold air on film. In another view of the same scene, we see no breath at all. Hmm, think that was shot in the cold or at room temperature? Scenes shot outside of the cabin were realistic, where most of the scenes shot on the inside were obviously inside of a movie set. No consistency whatsoever. The best part of the movie was the bounty hunter, Hangman John Ruth (Kurt Russell’s) constant tormenting and “smacking around” of his bounty, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh). It was reminiscent of an old Three Stooges routine.
While I like many of Tarantino's movies, this is the one you can easily skip. The director needs to put his ego in his pocket and start making films that audiences (not his fan club), will enjoy. I don't believe this movie will connect at all with a large-scale audience. This is a film designed specifically for his fans, because it is way too long and drawn out for the normal theater-going audience. There is no reason to torture them, as well.