Quentin Tarantino is back in his 8th feature film. While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff.
Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.
“Ramz” – Tarantino is back…oh yes, there will be blood!
Quentin Tarantino makes a comeback to cinema with a film that is entirely aimed at fans that fell in love with the motor-mouthed writer/director when we saw Reservoir Dogs. The dialogue is on point, the characters well-developed and some scenes are shot so beautifully that they could compete with Kill Bill Vol.1.
Some veterans from the Tarantino Old Boys club bring their familiar personas to the film (Samuel L Jackson, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth) but it is Jennifer Jason Leigh who ultimately steals the show with a range that goes from playful to menacing in seconds. The violence, flashback storytelling, sharp dialogue and homage to B-grade western will make this film an instant addition to the collection of any Tarantino fan.
The film may be a bit too long and the amount of N-bombs seems a bit gratuitous at times but other than that, the 8th Tarantino film is as good as we hoped for.
Take the beautiful cinematography of Kill Bill Vol.1, the character-driven storytelling of Pulp Fiction, the post-civil war setting of Django, lock them all up in a room for a Reservoir Dogs style stand-off and watch it come to a boil…then serve up The Hateful Eight. 8/10
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