A bastard’s work is never done – A Hateful Eight Review

The Hateful Eight Poster

When it comes to Tarantino, chances are you either like his work, or you hate it.

Hateful Eight is the story of a bounty hunter, John Ruth, on the way to the town of Red Rock. He’s captured a bounty and aims to claim his reward. While en-route, he bumps into another bounty hunter, and the new sheriff of Red Rock, who are trying to outrun the vicious blizzard that’s not far behind them. They take sanctuary in his coach, but it’s not long before the blizzard is snapping at their heels. They decide to wait out the blizzard in a stagecoach lodge called Minnie’s Haberdashery, a popular stop on the way to Red Rock. They arrive and discover that Minnie’s is busy, but Minnie and her husband are mysteriously absent from her establishment.

The Good

  • Great performances (not surprisingly considering some of the actors involved) that highlights the conflict between all the characters
  • Snappy dialogue (as is the case with most of Tarantino’s films)
  • Great tension that underlies most of the film
  • Quite funny in the beginning
  • Buckets of intrigue as you try to figure out what’s going on at Minnie’s
  • The over 3 hour run time passed by quickly because of how engaging it is
  • I loved the feeling that so much of this film could have been translated to a stage play (something that’s also noticeable in some of Tarantino’s earlier work)

The OK

  • While I’m okay with most extreme fictional violence (excluding the one scene from 127 Hours, and torture porn films like Saw), there were moments in this film where even I grimaced and recoiled
  • I sometimes wonder if Tarantino is racist or has issues with women but then I look at his body of work and realise he’s just really comfortable with making other people uncomfortable
  • The ending is violently cathartic and will undoubtedly upset some people

The Bad

  • Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Unless you don’t like Tarantino films, in which case, stay away.

Final Thoughts

There’s not too much I can say about this film. I really enjoyed the The Hateful Eight because it is distinctly Tarantino. There’s plenty of snappy dialogue and his trademark over-the-top violence is liberally splattered throughout the second half of the film. The way I was drawn into the film and tried to figure out how the story was going to unfold had me engaged from beginning to end of its 3 hour run time.

Overall, and I know I’m sounding like a broken record here, the only reason I wouldn’t see this film is if you don’t like Tarantino’s other films. If you do, just go out and watch it.


2 thoughts on “A bastard’s work is never done – A Hateful Eight Review

  1. I was fortunate enough to catch the widescreen, roadshow version–drove about 120 miles round trip with “the boys” for the chance–and it was worth every penny. In an age of CGI gobbledygook and cynical pandering to corporate theaters and studios that foolhardily invested in 3D technology, this is a big, gorgeous, exquisitely crafted masterpiece. Take away the masterful performances, the sizzling dialogue, even the bile-churning, exquisitely tangible violence, and Hateful Eight would excel on the merits of it’s cinematography alone. It is beautiful and horrible, the best Tarantino has done since Pulp Fiction.


    1. That sounds amazing! Sadly where I live we’ve just gotten (small) IMax theatres so we have to make do. Not that Hateful Eight was showing on those screens anyway…

      Couldn’t agree more. Hateful Eight is at times uncomfortable to watch, but it’s a great film.


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