It’s been longer than I’d like to admit since I sat down and wrote a ‘film review’. I put that in inverted commas because I tend to just waffle out my thoughts rather than critique per se, but hey…let’s see how this one goes, shall we? Here’s a completely spoiler-free review of The Hateful Eight!
On Saturday, me and Liam popped into Portsmouth to see Tarantino’s latest film. We wouldn’t usually drive to Portsmouth to see a movie, but Cineworld in Chichester wasn’t showing it. Boo. I prefer Cineworld because it’s marginally cheaper and usually less busy, but they just had to go and have a disagreement with the film’s distributor, didn’t they? Anyway, I digress.
I went into the movie having seen the trailer and having previously enjoyed a few of Tarantino’s films (mostly Inglourious Basterds). I was told at the last minute, post-ticket purchase that the movie had a run time of about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Liam tactfully told me at that stage thinking that the run time would have put me off. Maybe it would have, maybe it wouldn’t. It entirely depends on how entertaining a film can be to keep me hooked for that length of time.
For anyone who doesn’t know anything about the movie, I’ve popped the trailer at the end of the post. But if you want a general overview – lets just say its a Western set after the Civil War and it’s got Samuel L Jackson in it. If anyone other than Tarantino was behind it, I think I’d be turned off, but I’m a big fan of his ability as a writer because the dialogue he writes is genius.
Which leads me nicely into what I liked about this movie. The dialogue was brilliant – at times shocking, at other times funny, and often both. It was exactly what I would expect from Tarantino. The story was also pretty good and kept me engaged from start to finish. Oh, and the score was fantastic (just listen to this).
Because the film was so long, there was an intermission about half way through which I was worried would break the flow of things, but Tarantino clearly had this intermission in mind because when we cut back to the film after around 15-20 minutes, we’re straight back into it with a great narration (by him) as to what has been going since we left off.
But here comes my one gripe with the film – in all of the Tarantino movies I have ever seen, there has always been one (or maybe two) stand out scenes. The types of scenes that people discuss when they come out of the cinema, the types that are quoted at every possible opportunity. The Hateful Eight had several great scenes, but none of them really did this for me. There was no one moment that I remembered vividly and wanted to dissect post-credits. It is not a criticism of the film itself because I think the problem was that most of the scenes (bar a few slower moments) were great.
I definitely recommend going to see The Hateful Eight if you’re a Tarantino fan. The screening we saw had a real mix of ages and everyone seemed to enjoy it – even in spite of the gorier moments that warranted a few shocked “ooh!” moments!