Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hateful Eight

With Sharon away for the weekend at the retreat, I watched the Hateful Eight. The film received a couple of Oscars nominations in 2016.

I have two general comments about the film. First, it is really long. The version I saw was 2 hours and 47 minutes. Apparently, there is a version that is more than three hours long. Second, the scenery in the opening chapter is amazing. The footage of the stagecoach in the snow in Wyoming is incredible.

Hateful Eight was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The casting is great. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Bruce Dern. The story revolves around eight strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover some time after the American Civil War.

The film received three Oscar nominations in 2016. Ennui Morricone won his first Academy Award for Best Original Score. The other two Academy Award nominations were for Best Supporting Actress (Leigh) and Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson).

While there are some great performances, I have mixed feelings about recommending the film. It is a solid movie with an interesting story, but like most Tarantino films the violence is over the top. It is also really long.

[Note to self], I do need to see Django Unchained... Tarantino originally envisioned the Hateful Eight as a sequence to that movie.

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