Quentin Tarantino is arguably the most artistically unique director of our generation, and he stated his case once again with the thrilling, comedic and dramatic masterpiece that unfolds in the telling of The Hateful Eight.
Within the elements of the wonderfully crafted tale is the fantastic acting displayed by the cast, an interesting but very well done theater-istic, playhouse style, and the ever Tarantino, extremely gory special effects.
Perhaps my favorite element of this story is that it only took place in two settings, with a culmination of only about eight scenes, yet it kept me intrigued throughout the entire story with the use of flashbacks and interwinding stories to make you THINK you are one step ahead of the characters, when all the sudden the most unexpected plot twists takes the story in a completely new direction.
As always with Tarantino films, the cinematography was a thing of beauty, and with this spaghetti western it was the simplicity that made it so beautiful. The use of one archaic house and of the Sierra Nevada’s natural beauty looks insane on the 70mm film.
I think it isn’t a surprise to anyone when is say this: the Oscars snubbed a lot of films. Perhaps the most snubbed being The Hateful Eight. The only nominations it received are for “Best Cinematography”, (rightfully so), and Jennifer Jason Leigh for “Best Supporting Actress” (also rightfully so).
Well I don’t see The Hateful Eight beating out The Revenant for “Best Cinematography”, I would be extremely surprised if Jennifer Jason Leigh doesn’t win the best supporting actress award. The fact that neither Samuel L. Jackson nor Kurt Russell are nominated for best lead or supporting actor, though, is plain ridiculous. Sure, they probably wouldn’t win, but they for sure deserve a nomination.
Overall, The Hateful Eight is fantastic. Is it my favorite Tarantino film? Come back to me after I re-watch Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction.