The Hateful Eight roadshow provides on of the coolest and most enjoyable film experiences in recent memory. Presented in 70mm film, Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company take us back to a format of film presentation that was made popular in the ’50s and ’60s. Since then this presentation style has gone away, but with Tarantino’s 8th film, you can feel the event-type atmosphere as the lights lower and the screen reads “overture”.
The presentation of the film is quite a feat, and MAJOR credit is due to Tarantino, The Weinstein Company, and the entire cast and crew that made this film possible. What’s even better than the presentation is the film itself. Many times you forget that you’re seeing this in a special format because the movie keeps you captured by the dialogue, monologues, and action. This article isn’t meant to make you think this is the best film ever made, but rather to tell you how special it is when a director and production company show so much care about how the audience experiences their film.
The 70mm presentation of The Hateful Eight gives off such vibrant colors and such a wide angle shot that it makes you feel like you’re watching through the window of the cabin. You can find out all about it HERE
The movie itself is pretty solid to say the least. It surely keeps you entertained, enthralled, and guessing what’s next throughout the entire movie. This is the 2nd western from Tarantino; Django Unchained was his 1st. Django feels more like a modern film set in the western genre, and The Hateful Eight feels more like a true western.
My goal isn’t to spoil anything, but to give a brief overview of how this movie succeeds and how this movie doesn’t.
The success of this movies thrives or dies on 2 things, writing and actor commitment. Both of these may sound obvious, but it’s different with a Tarantino movie. The rich writing and capturing scenes all depend on the chemistry portrayed by the actors, and the commitment they have to dive into character. With this movie, the actors do a fantastic job at portraying the writing in the imagined way, and find a way to bring simplistic settings and scenes to life. Although the setting of the cabin is elaborate and well decorated, it is only 1 room which is why I call it simplistic. The acting, combined with great writing, make the room feel huge. Thus, this movie succeeds by giving the audience what they have come to expect from a Tarantino film, writing that captures all of your attention in a mesmerizing way and acting from men and women who commit to character and blend themselves with the writing.
The movie does have a few pitfalls, though. One of my biggest complaints was that the final act seemed to stand still. Once climax happens and we get into the final stages of the movie, the film seems to not move on from some scenes. The 1 room feel of the movie is mostly prevalent at these moments, this leads my to think that much of the last half hour could have been shortened without a loss of character building or story arc. I will see this movie again in the future so that opinion may change, but this was my initial feeling.
The last issue I had with this movie right after I got out of the theatre was the feeling that Tim Roth was playing a character meant for Christoph Waltz. Even though his character is English and not German, it still felt like he was trying to portray Waltz in many of his characteristics and actions. Comparing costumes from Django Unchained, they even dress similar. This may not be as much of a complaint as it is a nit-pick, but they definitely seemed very similar.
Overall, this movie does what it sets out to do: be a great western. Though Django may have been a better overall movie, this is definitely a better western.