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Racing toward the town of Red Rock in Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth and his fugitive prisoner encounter another bounty hunter and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Caught in a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers there are now eight travellers, but they may not all make it to their destinations.
Quentin Tarantino makes good movies. It’s as simple as that. Most people will see his films based on his name alone. Yet he has a certain style that critics will break down into simply gore and swearing. Fans know he’s more than that.
That said, if you don’t like hearing the N word, even if it fits the time in history and the characters portrayed, then some scenes might be difficult for you. As for the gore aspect, personally I think some of it wasn’t really needed. It’s a little silly and over the top in the usual Tarantino way but it doesn’t distract from the plot either. So I’d chalk it up as neither a hindrance or a positive.
As always Tarantino’s ace up his sleeve is his use of dialogue. He’s just fantastic at writing and directing it. He gets performances from actors that not many can. Tarantino is one of the few directors who can have you sitting there for hours, just watching people talk and still have you hanging on every word. It’s amazing.
The films score is also terrific, no doubt about it. Hell, it just won a Golden Globe for best original soundtrack!
Overall The Hateful Eight is a suspenseful, fun and intriguing movie that blows through its three hours and seven minute run time before you even know it. Which, that statement alone, proves how good it is.