Truth be told, I've never been the biggest Quentin Tarantino fan. Actually, I never sat down to watch one of his movies until I saw Inglorious Basterds, which blew me away. Why? To be honest, his big mouth always stopped me from wanting to see his movies. I don't think that's too unreasonable.
That was then. This is now. Now, I welcome Quentin's movies. They're different, they're unique and usually have a throwback quality that doesn't alienate me from watching, despite not liking "throwback" movies. He definitely a visionary in his own right and deserves any and all accolades. His films always look flawless, always have great dialogue and great acting. He demands the best from his cast and crew and it shows on the screen.
Hateful Eight had a notorious beginning, from script leeks to pirating copies floating around but that didn't seem to deter fans from seeing it in the theaters. Some even got the thrill of seeing it on 70MM, which I'm sure helped the experience of viewing this. And obviously, it's a very visually pleasing as well as pleasing on the ears. It's of no shock as to why legendary composer Ennio Morricone won an Academy Award for his fantastic score. Knowing I was receiving a screener of this and the road it took to get this on the screen, I knew I was in for a ride.
So, I gotta be honest. I'm not the best at explaining movie plots without making them sound uninteresting, but the best way I can describe this movie is a domino effect. As you can imagine, the story takes place after the Civil War and revolves around 8 people stuck in a cottage/haberdashery for a night while trying to get to the next town over. One thing leads to another, guns are fired, stories are told, and bonds are formed.
I really can't give more than that away. This is a movie that must be seen. It's absolutely a fantastic trip that, if you're a fan of action movies, must be seen. Especially the chemistry between Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, who play perfect foils for each other. It's a perfect cast, but when these two interact on screen, it's very hard NOT to want more. I sincerely hope this isn't the last time we see them on screen together.
Originally I was going to say "it's kind of a departure for Quentin's movies" but it's not. It's everything you want it to be. It's got suspense, action, comedy, and keeps you guessing. Quite frankly, it's a perfect movie. It's a movie that you get your money's worth and will no doubt rewatch again and again.
As you can see, I have zero hesitation giving this movie a solid 10/10. If I had seen this in December, prior to recording the DeadAir Horror And Genre Podcast's Best of 2015, it would've been up there with Mad Max as far as my top picks. Pick this up today, you won't be sorry.