Writer: Justin Case
Quentin Tarantino is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the art of creating motion pictures. His film Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 and helped make his presence known in the film industry. If you have seen Pulp Fiction, then you are aware of it’s quirky screen presence and intelligent dialogue that help secure its win at Cannes. I just wanted to emphasize the greatness of this movie and the fact that it won the Palme d’Or Cannes in 1994.
Aside from Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino has directed several movies. Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, Death Proof, Django Unchained, and now The Hateful Eight. Mr. Tarantino employed quite the cast in this western epic. Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and a brief appearance by Zoe Bell. If these names look familiar, it’s because they’ve worked with Tarantino before. Well everyone except for Jennifer Jason Leigh, but that doesn’t matter because now she officially has worked with him, so it can technically be past tense because this movie came out last year. I digress, this movie had every ingredient to turn out awesome.
I must say I wasn’t disappointed with this movie. I wasn’t fully happy and on the edge of my seat the whole time either. If you have read any reviews about this movie you’ll see some consistencies such as the cinematography being fantastic and the movie being slow. Both of these statements are true, however; I wasn’t finding this movie boring like most reviews had claimed. I did feel like the writing was a bit weak for Tarantino at first, but you could still tell it was his work. The movie is 3 hours and 7 minutes long and feels like every bit of that three hours and seven minutes.
The special effects were great. Now I know you may be wondering what kind of movie needs special effects when the characters are trapped in a room for 3 hours. This movie does. Why? Blood and lots of it. Tarantino doesn’t leave his trademark bloodbaths out of this one. Be prepared to see realistic head explosions and gunshots of all types. Also be prepared to hear the N word 87,000 times. This movie takes place after the civil war and while I understand that white people were extremely racist at the time, it still seems awkward. Django Unchanined seemed like it justified the use of it more than this movie and even that seemed like Tarantino was trying to see how many times he could get away with saying it.
Overall I’d say the movie was pretty good. It is a mystery/crime drama and it will definitely keep you intrigued until the end. I personally don’t really feel like it ended on a strong note, but it is definitely worth a watch. If you’re going to check it out just make sure you’re comfortable because it is a long one that will keep you interested. (That’s what she said.)