The Hateful Eight, review: ‘Tarantino by the numbers’

09:54 15 January 2016

The Hateful Eight. Picture: The Weinstein Company

The Hateful Eight. Picture: The Weinstein Company

Archant

Quentin Tarantino’s latest is packed full of entertainment and tension – the only problem is that we’ve seen it all before, writes Michael Joyce.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Demien Bichir and Bruce Dern
Film Length: 168 mins. Roadshow version 187 mins

For his eighth film Tarantino has re-hashed the themes of his tight and concise debut Reservoir Dogs – a group of desperate villains and ne’erdowells trapped together in a situation where nobody or nothing is quite what it seems – and spread them across the sprawling epic running length of all his other films.

Then to hype it up that bit more, he is pushing audiences towards seeing it in an exclusive roadshow version that means the film is shown in 70mm, has an overture before it starts (giving the proper respect to a marvellous, mostly, original score by the maestro Ennio Morricone), a 12 minute intermission and costs a fortune.

The Hateful Eight has funny dialogue, tension, invention, great performances, twists and reversal. It is packed full of entertainment: it just isn’t packed full with three hours and seven minutes worth of entertainment.

This tale of eight hateful wild west types all holed up by a blizzard in post civil war Wyoming may look like new ground being covered but it all feels mighty familiar. The same old Tarantino regulars and a few new faces delivering that distinctive QT dialogue, enacting the same well worn narrative sleights of hand and rejiggings of chronology, indulging the usual fetish for having people say “kneegar.” I enjoyed watching Hateful Eight but as soon as it had finished began to feel that it hadn’t really been worth the time or expense. It’s all tricks that you’ve seen before in Tarantino films, and seen placed in closer and more potent proximity to each other.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both scored twice while Heung-Min Son was also on target as Tottenham strolled to a 5-0 home win against Swansea at White Hart Lane. Here are five talking points.

Yesterday, 22:30

Mauricio Pochettino says he has used a much-needed week off to focus on “the bigger picture” with his players and to stress the importance of being mentally ready to play at full intensity every three days.

Yesterday, 18:10

The first weekend in December is probably the earliest you can buy your tree and expect it to last until the end of Christmas. Here’s what you need to consider before you do.

Yesterday, 17:55

Police are appealing for witnesses after the death of a woman who was hit by a coach in Camden.

Yesterday, 17:06

Move over Airbnb, a new peer-to-peer rental marketplace Unlease has come to town – and they’re bringing pineapples.

Yesterday, 16:38

A City boss from Hampstead likened to the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ has been jailed for a year after sexually assaulting two women.

Yesterday, 16:34

A pedestrian was hit by a car in South Grove in a road traffic collision this afternoon.

Yesterday, 13:27

Welcome, hope and tolerance have been the three key messages for students learning about refugees.

Most read Hampstead & Highgate etcetera

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now