Tarantino’s eighth wonder: ‘The Hateful Eight’

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Tarantino’s eighth wonder: ‘The Hateful Eight’

Promotional photo for the movie. Photo credit: Official Facebook page for The Hateful Eight

Promotional photo for the movie. Photo credit: Official Facebook page for The Hateful Eight

Promotional photo for the movie. Photo credit: Official Facebook page for The Hateful Eight

Promotional photo for the movie. Photo credit: Official Facebook page for The Hateful Eight

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Tarantino is here and hateful.

Quentin Tarantino’s western tale of tensions between eight bounty hunters and outlaws reaches an all-time high when they’re all stuck rooming together in a haberdashery trying to escape a terrorizing blizzard.

“The Hateful Eight” is Tarantino’s eighth film. It takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming where bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) travel by wagon, racing the storm in order to bring Domergue to justice and earn Ruth a whopping $10,000 before his bounty turns into a blood bath.

As a personal fan of Tarantino and the films he creates, it’s no surprise to me that he continued to use familiar faces like Samuel L. Jackson from “Django Unchained,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglorious Bastards,” along with Jackie Brown and Tim Roth from “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” to be featured in this film. This time we’re seeing them take on entirely new characters .

The whole western theme and the use of new faces, in addition to out of the ordinary celebrity faces, (like the appearance from Channing Tatum) encompasses a completely different form when compared to, for example, “Kill Bill” or “Pulp Fiction.” Personally I found it odd to have Tatum play a serious roll when he is most famous for his role in “Magic Mike” and I found it difficult to picture him playing any other role. It took away from the aesthetic of the western era. Instead of creating the illusion that we were taking a look back into history, Tatum’s appearance gave the impression of a more modernized Wild West.

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Through various events and unexpected plot twists, it was almost hard to keep up with who really was the “bad guy,” something that is not unusual in Tarantino’s brain-breaking movies. The constant anticipation and sense of mystique that was constructed left me questioning who really was responsible for creating all of the madness and murders in the film.

This eighth film completely separated itself from Tarantino’s other movies in terms of theme and expanding actors, however the nature and language of the characters was the same by characters constantly questioning the motives of themselves and others. Tarantino movies sort of have their own language that you notice throughout his films, which equates to vulgarities and excessive violence. Samuel L. Jackson even got shot in the balls at one point.

The film is flooded with misogynistic undertones, racial slurs sparking controversy in its viewers and some pretty brutal violence, which seems to be common in any of Tarantino’s movies.

Language aside, the movie was filmed beautifully just as I expected. The painted landscapes and blankets of snow pouring over the mountains in Wyoming made me feel like I was looking through a camera lens at whatever Tarantino wanted you to experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed “The Hateful Eight” and as a frequent Quentin Tarantino viewer, the film stepped outside of his typical character stigmas and threw you into another time period most people tend to ignore.

I would give this movie a rating of 4/5 due to its casting that, in my opinion, took away from the era that was trying to be presented. However, it was brilliantly filmed and left me unwilling to leave the theater because I wanted to watch it again.

“The Hateful Eight” is definitely something you should experience for yourself.

Carly Plemons can be reached at [email protected] or @plemnz on Twitter.

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