‘The Hateful Eight’ DVD Review: A Disappointment For Tarantino Films
Quentin Tarantino delves into the Western genre in his eighth film, The Hateful Eight, which scored three Academy Award nominations.
The Hateful Eight shares the journey of bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his captured murderer Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) on their way to Red Rock, Wyo., where she will be hung.
‘The Hateful Eight’ DVD Review
The problem is that they are in the middle of a blizzard. Along their way, they pick up two other passengers, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). The story takes place some years after the Civil War, where racial tensions and discrimination are the norm. Warren is an African-American who was a part of the Union Calvary while Mannix is a southerner who is a soon-to-be Red Rock sheriff.
The blizzard is too overpowering that they have to stop and wait out the rest of the storm. As they stop at Minnie’s Haberdashery, they meet four others. Warren is immediately suspicious and for good reasons. These men come to find that they would be lucky to even make it to Red Rock in the end.
I don’t think the execution of the movie’s storyline came out well. It was an overall boring movie. They are on this journey except they never get to where they’re going. For half of the movie they are stuck inside this small cabin and it feels like not much is really happening at all.
However, the behind the scenes and the overall making of the movie is impressive. The camera shots, the setting choice and production are well done as usual for Tarantino movies.
As a fan of some of Tarantino’s past films, I was not impressed with The Hateful Eight. It didn’t really attract my attention until over half way through the film.
DVD Extras: “Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look” shares the cast member’s opinion and outlook from the film. Goggins doesn’t think Tarantino has done anything like this before. Russell refers to The Hateful Eight as “a bit of a detective story” behind the scenes. Tarantino re-establishes how all of the characters are untrustworthy and how he chose to trap them all within one room.