I haven’t always been a Quentin Tarantino fan, but his last three movies I have grown fond of his storytelling and anticipate their release! The first film I saw of his was “Kill Bill,” and the occasional random clip of “Pulp Fiction” of course. While hardly being into movies back then, not a blood and gore fan, and having no clue to who he was you can guess how “Kill Bill” went over.
But now, having watched Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, and most recently, The Hateful Eight I have evolved, along with Tarantino’s craft as a director and writer. His story telling is becoming not only watchable (for me…I get it now. He’s a genius.) But so good I’d consider his stuff delicious entertainment (aside from the blood bath stuff…still not a fan.) Here’s what I think about the Hateful Eight and Tarantino in general.
His craft has come along way from the indulgence in blood to indulgence in telling the story. The pacing of The Hateful Eight is masterful. The direction he gives for building up the scene, stretching it, and waiting for the audience’s expectation is so intuitive it would be prophetic. Simpler said, he knows exactly how his audience is experiencing his work, and plays with their expectation. At last, he gives the audience what they want with unexpected, but delightful timing.
The Hateful Eight is a gem, a ruby in the mine of movies. The opening
sequence was perfect. The tension between characters was laced with humor as we got to know who’s who. The characters were so clearly defined by the time they arrived, that the rest of the story played out like a symphony. Even when more characters were introduced, at this point, we had already put our hearts in Tarantino’s hands, believing whatever he wanted us to believe. Tarantino nailed it. He can do whatever he wants, we are with him 100%.
He used the Ultra Panavision 70 to film the movie which gives us greater depth of field and an overall bigger movie. The shots outside were epic and gorgeous! The shots in the cabin captured the intimacy of the story and was able to hold the “big character” dynamics in place. The camera also caught Tarantino’s unpredictable style of story telling and made the experience personal. He really took us into the room with him.
Ennio Morricone score was wonderful and perfect for this western. I would love to see him win an academy award for Original Score for this one!
The Hateful Eight will go down in history as a cult classic. It can be watched again and again. By far, this is one of my favorite films of his. I thought Django Unchained was good, this one was hilarious, addicting to watch, and desperately entertaining. Bravo, Tarantino! Bravo! A true master of his trade.
There are two versions of the movie releasing December 25, the Roadshow version which plays out like an opera with an opening overture, and intermission between the two acts where Tarantino talks about what his audience just saw. And the second is your regular DCP version. Either would be a fantastic choice. If you are on board with Tarantino’s style of story telling, I’d see the Roadshow version. The ride is an experience you won’t forget.