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Movie Review: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, THE HATEFUL EIGHT is a mystery Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming that tells the story of John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), a bounty hunter that is escorting fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the town of Red Rock where she will face justice for murder. Along the way they encounter another bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). A blizzard forces the four to take shelter at a stagecoach rest stop called Minnie’s Haberdashery where they encounter four more strangers; Stagehand Bob (Demián Bichi), Hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Cowboy Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and ex-Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). Trapped together because of the blizzard, the eight strangers soon learn that they may not all make it to Red Rock after all.

Told over six chapters and nearly three hours (the general release version that I watched clocked in at 167 minutes while the 70mm Roadshow version runs at 187 minutes–make sure that you’re comfortable no matter what version you watch), the movie is equal parts CLUE, RESERVOIR DOGS, and DJANGO UNCHAINED, all held together with Tarantino’s penchant for bloody gore and violence.

As per Tarantino’s verbose style, the monologues serve to not only move the story along, but to ratchet the tension inside of the constrained space that is Millie’s Haberdashery. Not ALL of them were entirely necessary, but it’s hard to make Tarantino stop once he’s on a roll. All of the actors in the movie love to chew the scenery, but none do it better than Sam Jackson. He does what we’ve all come to expect from him and we love him for it. Kurt Russell does a pretty good job of it too.

There’s a whole lot of blood and violence in this movie, along with liberal uses of questionable and somewhat uncomfortable language–for those that have seen DJANGO UNCHAINED, you’ve already gotten a taste of a certain word  that Tarantino isn’t afraid to use. Seeing the period that the movie is set in, its use is entirely appropriate, but I still coudn’t help but slightly squirm at times. Let this be your warning.

All that being said, I found the movie to be enjoyable and fun. Despite the long running time, I can easily see myself watching this movie again and again, albeit in a nice comfy chair.

I give this movie 5 out of 6 bullets.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT is in theaters on December 25th and is Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.

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