The Hateful Eight – 70mm Presentation Review

Back in the day the veteran film maker announced that he only ever wanted to make 10 films. Wanting to cover all genres, the veteran film maker has taken on stories ranging from World War 2 to Romance. As the fear that were nearing the end sets in, the only thing we can do is sit down, shut up and enjoy every moment that is put in front of us. With all that on the table, Quentin Tarantino’s eight feature has finally arrived – and let me tell you, it’s great!

‘The Hateful Eight’ follows eight strangers seeking shelter from a dangerous blizzard. As we continue the story we are introduced to all the characters and it’s clear that one of them isn’t who they say they are.

After the recent distribution issues in the UK, I was spurred on to venture into London town and pay out a little extra to see it in all its intended glory – 70mm. Taking in the new (old) format was both exciting and humbling so in all honesty, Tarantino’s decision to shoot in this way is genius. The use of film brings a sense of reality to each shot that digital just can’t emulate. It really does do a great job taking you back in time to the old days of film reel presentations, really making you wish more films were still make in this format.

‘The Hateful Eight’ feels like a high school reunion. The whole ensemble (excluding two) have all appeared in previous Tarantino movies, including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Wolton Goggins, Tim Roth & Zoe Bell. Having such a strong cast is a real benefit, treating us to some truly entertaining moment’s right through the enduring 180 minute running time. With standout performances from both Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson, these two easily stand out amongst the crowd – Jason Leigh in particular deserves all her nominations outright and probably is one of my favourites heading into the Oscars.

They all contribute towards the story and help make it interesting and that’s the great thing about Tarantino. In every single one of his movies, all his characters have a purpose. This is what makes him one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. Not only do they have a purpose, they are all enthralling to watch too. Many times I’ve watched a movie by a different director and have questioned the purpose of certain characters.

The only criticism I would have for the film is how long it takes to get into the swing of things. Every Tarantino movie grabs me by the throat from the get go but unfortunately this time, it took a surprising amount of time to get into the story and character introductions. This is quite unusual as Tarantino introduces his characters with a bang, making you fall in love with them instantly (eg Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds). Thankfully however, once you get through the character development and set-up of the story, the all-out violence and unforgettable moments that we know and love gets us right back on track.
‘The Hateful Eight’ is further evidence that Quentin Tarantino is still one of the greatest film makers around. Kitted out with an incredible ensemble, stunning direction and a captivating finale, it leaves you walking out the cinema with a smile on your face. 4.5 out of 5.

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