‘The Hateful Eight’ disappoints


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This photo provided by The Weinstein Company shows, Kurt Russell, from left, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Bruce Dern, in a scene from the film, “The Hateful Eight,” directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 1.

Erik Calderon, A&E Editor

When I think about Quentin Tarantino I think about Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards—all amazing films worth recognizing. I feel like Quentin Tarantino has talent; he’s gifted and knows how to put a film together for the enjoyment of the audience.

‘The Hateful Eight’ has an amazing cast with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and even Channing Tatum is in this film. Tarantino definitely does not have an issue finding A-list actors for his films.

This film is a mystery and crime film with a little bit of drama. ‘The Hateful Eight’ is essentially about a bounty hunter, John “Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), who will take his bounty, dead or alive; and Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who happens to be alive, because the hangman always delivers his bounty to the noose, to Little Rock. On their way to Little Rock, they come across several characters that might help, but might not be there to help.

Critics from around the world are giving it a thumbs up, but for me, the film was long, boring and with no real justification, extremely violent. It looks like Tarantino is trying to copy his own style from Kill Bill to make another successful film, but falls way short.

Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained—all had some substance along with the violence. The story of revenge will always stand the test of time because we can all relate. The Hateful Eight echoed illusions of the Seven Samurai or The Magnificent Seven, and with Tarantino’s history of mixing in old school martial arts films, I was excited to watch it.

The first 10 minutes went well; scenic, amazing cinematography—a great setup, but that’s where it stopped. After around an hour of dialogue, I started wondering, “Where is this story going?”  After another hour of dialogue, I felt like I was in one of those mystery dinners where you’re just trying to figure out who’d done it. Then Tarantino had to start explaining his story during the movie. As a filmmaker, when you have to explain the story to the audience you know something is wrong.

I was so looking forward to see how Quentin would do his signature death scene in this film, but I didn’t see it, another major disappointment.

As for family friendliness, keep the kids away. It is rated R for severe bloody violence, extreme nudity, violent and graphic sexual content and language. With a budget of $62 million, the film runs long at 162 minutes or close to 3 hours.

This film was simply disappointment after disappointment. To be honest, I seriously regret subjecting myself to this film.