A Critique of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” by David Edwards

Maverick Quentin Tarantino shows us once again why he’s the world’s most reliably unreliable director. His 24-year career has delivered some of the most memorable movie events, with Pulp Fiction being probably the best film of the 1990s. But along the way he’s given us perfect stinkers such as Jackie Brown, Death Proof and large chunks of Inglourious Basterds. His last movie, 2012’s widely acclaimed Django Unchained, suggested a director who’d got his groove back – but the follow-up proves we all spoke too soon. The Hateful Eight would have made a decent 90-minute movie but, with a running time of close to three hours, it’s a film to be endured rather than enjoyed. The director’s eighth film unfolds in a blizzard-struck Wyoming where Civil War general turned bounty hunter Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson) hitches a stagecoach ride with another soldier of fortune (Kurt Russell) who’s bringing in a murderer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with a $10,000 price on her head. As a storm closes in, the men – along with a sheriff played by Walton Goggins of TV’s The Shield – seek shelter at a roadhouse filled with ne’er do wells played by Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. As usual, Tarantino’s film is a magpie’s nest of shiny trinkets lifted from other sources, such as The Great Silence, an Agatha Christie whodunnit and even Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. And, as you’d expect, all of the above is served up in a stew of misogyny, jolts of shocking violence and plentiful use of the N-word. The trouble is, despite a thoroughly impressive final 20 minutes, this is a flabby, ungainly movie that suggests a director who’s perhaps become caught up in the myth of his own brilliance. Was there nobody involved with the courage to take him to one side and tell him that there are at least a dozen scenes which should have been cut? Meanwhile, Tarantino’s quick-fire dialogue is present and correct, although nowhere near as sharp as the brilliant exchanges in Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Much easier on the ear is the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, who scored such Westerns as For A Few Dollars More and Once Upon A Time In America. Do you Agree? Source: MirrorFacebooktwittergoogle_plus

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