Hollywood seems to have discovered of late that the wild west was actually dirty, smelly and extremely ugly. (See Revenant and Leonardo Dicaprio’s Oscar.) Thank goodness smell-a-vision never took off in mainstream cinema.
I managed to catch The Hateful Eight on the big screen in Port Vila – oh the luxury. It is Quentin Tarantino’s eighth and latest film and an homage to the western genre. Who else would he team up with but musical director Ennio Morricone of such films as the Mission and, most relevantly, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The Hateful Eight (or The Bad, the Badder and The Ugly) are all your favourite aging Hollywood tough guys and gal playing out a classic Shakespearean tragedy in log cabin in the middle of a blizzard. Morricone’s music is grand and sweeping and the drama is intense, claustrophobic and brutal. It is no spoiler for anyone at all familiar with Tarantino’s work to say that there is plenty of the trademark hyperstylized uber-violence and a multitude of classic western references for the film buff.
A great movie to disturb the kiddies. Definitely worth the $15 for the DVD and a very enjoyable night in.
Official movie trailer: http://youtu.be/gnRbXn4-Yis
The Hateful Eight written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.