With a complicated but perfect screenplay, engaging visuals and cinematography, and gorgeous music, The Hateful Eight not only has Quentin Tarantino all written over it, but also contains all the signs of a successful film. Every time Tarantino develops a new film, I fall in love with the screenplay. To me, it is his signature, it is what makes him one of my favorite directors. He succeeds in this aspect with all of his movies. So you can call me bias when I say, The Hateful Eight was not the exception.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, going back and forth in order to understand what is happening. It reminded me of a game of clue. While watching the movie, your brain is trying to make all these links between characters and events, getting more interesting and complicated by the second. This somehow creates a beautiful interaction with the viewer to the point where you forget you are at the theater. The only downside are some slow scenes, that although necessary, they bring you back to earth and lose your interest for a moment.
The characterization is stunning. We have all seen the greatness of Samuel L. Jackson in Tarantino’s movies and no one can deny the great talent from the rest of the cast. However, I was most impressed with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins. The facial expressions of both were so on-point in the closeups that it was scary at times. They were so immersed into their characters that you could love them or hate them and completely forget that they were actors. This my friends, is acting at its best.
Last but not least, are the cinematography and music. I don’t talk about music in movies very much because it’s hard for me to identify a great score. But The Hateful Eight had it. It truly added to the film and effect of the cinematography which by the way, was gorgeous throughout the whole movie, since it took into account every detail while highlighting what was truly important.
It is difficult to be unbiased when one of your favorite directors has once again, amazed you in every possible way. The Hateful Eight successfully delivers flawless acting, a beautiful score, the always grasping cinematography and an intricate screenplay that continues to be Tarantino’s unique trademark.
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