The long-awaited Tarantino is there. The Hateful Eight is a western film just like his latest work, Django unchained. And well Tarantino delivers, again.
It is somewhere in wintry Wyoming, a couple of years after the Civil War ca 1870. Bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russel) brings his captive, the notorious Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Red Rock. On the way they meet Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) a major who fought in the war and is now a bounty hunter too and Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). Ruth wants to bring Domergue to justice the following day to see her hanged and collect his reward USD 10.000. Alas the bad winter storm forces them to stop taking shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery.
In that inn there are four persons present; Bob “The Mexican” (Demian Bichir), who explains that the owner, Minnie Mink (Dana Gourrier), is visiting family for a week and has entrusted the passover to him, Oswaldo “The Little Man” Mobray (Tim Roth) with an English accent, Joe “The Cow Puncher” Gage (Michael Madsen), a quiet cowboy and Sanford “The Confederate” Smithers (Bruce Dern), retired Confederate General.
The Mexican declares that the inn’s owner, Minnie has gone to her family. She trusted him to manage it. However Warren becomes suspicious as he observes this situation. Nobody, I repeat, nobody between these hateful eight, trust someone in that inn. Are the four already in the inn aware of the USD 10.000 awaits for Ruth if he delivers Domergue to justice? And would they like to claim it themselves or would they free Domergue?
And this is how the plot develops further. I won’t spoil anything, just see it for yourself.
This film is divided into 6 chapters. It seems like an opera to me. This lengthy motion picture (2 hours 40 mins) didn’t bother me at all because it is well made. The tension is carefully built, the dialogues go smoothly albeit so many swearing and scolding which are typical Tarantino. And of course blood. Expect to see very much blood in the finale.
I also admire the camera work capturing Wyoming wintry scenes so beautifully. The music score matches the ambiance of the dreary plot perfectly; the hateful eight persons who are capable of doing terrible things to each other and not afraid of it. Ok, the movie is long but it is entertaining. The cast is excellent. To name the two of them: Jennifer Jason Leigh is badass, I remember her performing that freaky roommate in Single White Female. Samuel L. Jackson is convincing as a cool, full of authority major Warren.
It is worth the wait to see Tarantino movie again despite the length of it. Nonetheless it is not recommended for the fainted heart.