Review: The Hateful Eight
Not a warning, not a question, a bullet.
John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is a bounty hunter taking in a woman, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to hang. There's a terrible blizzard outside, his driver O.B (James Parks) comes across a man out in the snow that Ruth has met before, Major Marquis Warren.(Samuel L. Jackson) They pick up another man, Chris Mannix (Waltson Goggins) also stranded.. There they encounter Bob, (Damian Bichir) Joe Gage, (Michael Madsen) Oswaldo Mobray, (Tim Roth) and Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern) Some of these men are not who they say, and O.B is the only decent one.
This film has opened a lot of dialogue for debate lately. Mainly with the treatment of Daisy's character. I read a lot of great pieces on the subject of that recently, from Sati's to Sasha's. That was the only part of the film I spoiled for myself. I have to say it did make me uncomfortable. My husband and I had an interesting discussion about this. I thought Daisy need more back story. We're told over and over that she's the worst. Ruth almost seems to take it personally. It made me wonder if Daisy killed someone close to him, but we never find out what exactly she did. She's just part of a gang, like others in this film are. My husband says "murder is murder" and we don't know how Ruth treats his other bounties, maybe he cracks them in the mouth several times as well. I don't agree with "murder is murder" but the point is, I think Daisy needed to be fleshed out more. Sure she says awful things and eggs Ruth on, but seeing her get punched in the face repeatedly still made me uneasy, especially since he's not exactly smacking around anyone else.
I'm still a Tarantino fan no matter what, even though this film is definitely on the low end of my personal "favorite" list. The first two hours move by very slowly, while the 3rd flies by. It's almost jarring how differently the story moves. I loved the mystery the film provided, and the score was very wild. It reminded me a bit of Suspria's. And of course, there was a few instances of the over the top, almost comical violence that Tarantino is known for.
The acting in this film is really wonderful with Leigh and Goggins being the stars for me. This is a very charismatic cast which is definitely needed when the film moves at a snail's pace for the first two hours.
Recommended: Yes. It's Tarantino, and you know you want to see it for yourself.
Memorable Quote: "Tell 'em Daisy sent ya." - Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh)