Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Hateful Eight

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue), Walton Goggins (Sheriff Chris Mannix), Channing Tatum (Jody)

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino's latest gore-filled, violent, ensemble film. It's a western that largely takes place in one location, a stagecoach lodge in which the characters have taken refuge during a snowstorm. Warren and Ruth are bounty hunters, Domergue is Ruth's bounty, who he intends to chaperone his charge to see her hanged. At the lodge, they encounter a group of men and set out to determine their true motives.

I like Tarantino's films and this one hit his usual touchpoints: heavy dialog, intense violence, Samuel L. Jackson. But, for some reason, I didn't really like the film as a whole as much as some of his past work. I haven't yet figured out why exactly, but I do agree with Leigh's Oscar nomination!

Mini soundtrack:

The White Stripes - "Apple Blossom"
Crystal Gayle - "Ready for the Times to Get Better"
Roy Orbison - "There Won't Be Many Coming Home"

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