While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stag...more
While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all. less
“Despite an intriguing premise, The Hateful Eight doesn't quite live up to its potential.”
Quentin Tarantino fans generally walk in expecting some quirky humour, some protracted but interesting conversations, lengthy drawn out dialogues that are way different from anything that routine Hollywood movies serve up and most importantly a storyline/climax that almost always belies expectations. The Hateful Eight though is a movie Tarantino probably made sleepwalking through freezing Wyoming. A bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) taking his prize Daisy Domergue picks up Major Marquis Warren (Samuel Jackson) and Sheriff Chris Mannicks and the four of them head to Minnie's haberdashery to await the blizzard to blow over before reaching the town of Red Rock. However, there are other strange men awaiting them with their own sets of intentions and how that plays out and who those men are waiting for with their sinister plans makes for the rest of the movie.
To start with, Hateful 8 has dialogues that want to sound funny but are nowhere close to funny. It has a climax that wants to be thrilling and suspenseful but is nowhere close to intriguing. The episodes that lead to members in that haberdashery getting killed are amateurish to say the least. It is almost like you are waiting for the big joke to arrive and all you get are lame lines not far fetched from the blabber that comes out of a drunk man's tongue. The Civil War references are pointless and the gore and a scene where Samuel Jackson's Major talks about the way he extracts a blow-job out of his opposite major's son is downright crass. The movie is set against the context of a snow-storm and has plenty of coffee and stew-talk but a lot of dialogues sound like the result of underpaying someone with a moody sense of humour. The ending of the movie is a relief not because it breaks a non-existent suspense but because you could finally conclude that there is nothing sensational happening. And all of this amidst a Lincoln letter farce, a joke which even the joke-cracker would scoff at on a more logical day!