The Hateful Eight is the eighth film from writer and director Quentin Terantino. The film can be classified as a western drama among many other things because of its wide breadth of creative elements. This movie stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Tim Roth. This film takes place post-Civil War era in the middle of winter in Wyoming.
As a winter storm approaches, nine strangers are required to take shelter together in Minnie’s Haberdashery. The nine strangers are made up of interesting characters such as a bounty hunter and his fugitive captive, a Union and a Confederate veteran, a hangman, and the potential sheriff, and they soon realize that none of them may actually be who they appear to be. As they all first arrive, they are wary of one another. One of the biggest issues is when the ex-Confederate soldier, General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern), learns that there is a black ex-Union soldier (Samuel L. Jackson) that will be joining them. As the night progresses, the characters become even more distant from each other. The climax of this movie is when someone poisons the coffee, murdering two of the characters. The rest of the story-line is centralized around the remaining characters trying to decipher who was behind the poisoning and why they did it.
The writing of this movie is phenomenal. Staying true to his signature writing style, Terantino portrays the movie in chapters. These chapters do not always go in order, skipping from the present tense to the past tense. This works exceptionally well at keeping the audience in mystery and suspense as to what actually happened in Minnie’s Haberdashery. The film is all placed in the present until it goes back before anyone arrived to the Haberdashery and shows who was involved in the plot against the other strangers and what their goal was.
When dealing with a Quentin Terantino film, you automatically know there is going to superb acting involved and The Hateful Eight did not disappoint. Terantino put together an immensely talented cast including his veteran stars Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. The only main actress in the film, Jennifer Jason Leigh, really stood out among the cast for me. She plays a character named Daisy Domergue who is an alleged murderer set to be hung whenever the storm ends. Leigh’s character was incredibly complex and in the end terribly psychotic. There is one scene in particular that really caught my attention where she is covered in blood and screaming at Jackson’s character, Major Marquis Warren. Her incredible acting ability made it seem so realistic and chilling that you cannot help but applaud her raw talent and dedication to portraying her character justly.
Overall, this film was everything you could ever want and more. As an avid Terantino fan, I had very high expectations for this film which he easily surpassed. Although I think this movie is incredibly brilliant, it may not be for everyone. Some people may get lost in the intricacy of the plot line and not really comprehend what the point of the story is; while others may be bothered by the language and the bloody violence of the film. However if you are looking for a film with an incredible story line, lots of plot twist, mystery, and violence, then you will highly enjoy and appreciate this film.
By: Briyana Dyer