The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino – 2015) A

I got the chance to see this as part of the Special Roadshow Engagement. The experience is a homage to the grand film exhibition styles of the 50’s and 60’s when going to see a film was a big deal. The movie includes a musical overture, a souvenir program and an intermission. The movie was also filmed on Ultra Panavision 70 with a huge aspect ratio that made it look spectacular on the huge screen. All in all it was a fantastic experience.

The movie itself is another great entry in Tarantino’s record. It’s a tight multi-act play with long stretches of his trademark dialogue interspersed with those beautifully composed shots and sets, great score (by Ennio Morricone) and very strong  bloody violence. Throughout we listen to these men and woman talk scheme and murder while trying to figure out who will make it till the end of the night alive. More than any of his films I think here Tarantino plays it mostly straight. This is a rough and harsh western with a bit of mystery thrown in. The cast does a very good job especially Kurt Russel, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins.

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