The Hateful Eight
Eight is enough
Astor - Saturday 23 January 2016, 3:00pm
Running time: 187m (Roadshow version)
Country: United States
Release date: 14/01/16 (Roadshow version) 21/01/15 (Theatrical version)
Rating: 4/10 (2/5 ME, 2/5 DP)
Set some time after the American civil war, a bizarre group of strangers find themselves sheltering from a blizzard in a haberdashery shop in Wyoming. With a hefty bounty on offer and the threat of a violent revenge, the intrigue increases as secret motives and alliances are revealed.
Set in six 'chapters', Tarantino's eighth film is a bloody gory three hour self-indulgent splatter fest. There's a story here and it's not bad but it's not only too long, it's waaaay too long. Using a 'more is more' approach there are fights, guns, people being shot, skulls exploding and lots and lots and lots of talking. This brings colour and texture to the film but adds little to the story. The performances are as good as they could be but by the time the story was eventually resolved we'd already lost interest. Samuel L Jackon and Jennifer Jason Leigh get the best lines and the script was good in places, but any highlights are too few and far between.
Two versions of the film exist; the full roadshow version (presented in 70mm with an overture and intermission) and a standard theatrical release. Naturally fans of the director will be flocking to the limited 70mm screenings for the additional 20 minutes. Tarantino is a polarising director and you either love of hate his films. The Hateful Eight is unlikely to win new converts. (ME)
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