Quentin Tarantino is known in today’s film industry for his satirical subject matter and aestheticization of violence.
His film career spans from the 1980’s with neo-noir crime thrillers shot on 35mm.
Tarantino’s latest film is an American Western mystery film set some time after the American Civil War, The Hateful Eight, on 65mm film.
However his latest film almost didn’t make it to the big screens. When Gawker Media leaked a copy of the script online, Tarantino ceased the project and planned to use the story for a novel. It wasn’t until the San Diego Comic-Con International when Tarantino announced his work on a third draft with a whole new ending that would again hit the big screens.
With much impact and hype over the film, this Western story delivers nothing less than expected from Tarantino with a psychotic yet somewhat humorous take on a bunch of outlaws with manic pasts taking each other hostage.
Tarantino shows inspiration from 1960s Western TV shows including Bonanza, The Virginian and The High Chaparral.
When eight stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern acting as strangers are put in a room together to seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover, their pasts begin to unravel and the audience are invited to solve a multi-murder mystery.
The Cinematography by Robert Richardson was exceptional, allowing the audience to feel as though they too were a suspect in Millie’s – a crime scene were nobody is trusted.
The frenzied film provided no shortage of weapons from knives to guns, ropes and a splash of poison for amusement.
The Hateful Eight is another one of Tarantino’s satirical successes for those with strong stomachs and an open mind.
Details: The Hateful Eight | Strictly 18+ | 167 mins | Release date 21 January 2016