The Hateful Eight: a satisfactory film

Abbey Whittington, Staff Reporter

Sitting in my cushioned theatre chair with a glowing red screen before my eyes, I could easily check off the quirks that make a film Quentin Tarantino’s.

From the intense scenes of blood shed to the witty and satirical dialogue, The Hateful Eight was a satisfactory film.

Not only did the film fit the usual Tarantino characteristics, but he once again has casted actors used in his previous films such as Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction, Kurt Russell in Death Proof, and Michael Madsen in Kill Bill.

The film takes place in post-Civil war Wyoming where the characters experience a fierce winter.

In the beginning, the bounty hunter John “The Hangman” (Kurt Russell), runs into another bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren (Samuel Jackson) while he is slugging through the snow with his prisoner.

Major Warren approaches the Hangman’s carriage in seek of refuge from the coming blizzard.

When the Hangman accepts they carry on until they are later accompanied by Chris Mannix (Waltin Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff, and they continue on towards their destination.

The destination for the characters is Red Rock but before they could reach the town they have to make a pit stop at a stagecoach stopover called “Minnie’s Harberdashery” while the blizzard passes through.

When those that were in the carriage arrive at the mountain pass, they encounter four new faces. The tensions heighten with suspicion that these people are not really who they say they are.

The movie does a good job of addressing post-Civil war related issues: racial tension, and who fought on what side of each battle.

This is Tarantino’s second time addressing racial tension, after his film, Django Unchained.

I won’t spoil the rest but if you’re familiar with the nature of any Tarantino movie you probably have an idea of how the characters might resolve their issues with one another.

When rating this movie I would either give it a 6 or 7 out of 10.

It was very entertaining as Tarantino’s films usually are, however, it was not as stimulating compared to his other films like Pulp Fiction or Django Unchained.

Overall, the film kept me on the edge of my seat and I was once again happy with the outcome of Tarantino’s work.

If you’re looking for a night of action, mystery, and gore then this is a movie I would highly suggest to you.

Abbey Whittington can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]