” Ain’t no way I’m spending a couple of nights under a roof with somebody I don’t know who the hell… so who are you? “
- What is this movie about?
In the middle of a winter in Wyoming, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find themselves in a cabin with other six particular characters who not all are what they seem…
- Why should you watch it?
Because it’s a Tarantino movie!! Do you need anything else!!? I am no western lover myself but of course I had to watch this one and oh boy, it wasn’t a disappointment at all! This film is pure Quentin.
Frist we have its original script (as we Tarantino has us used to) and it’s something that, sadly, we are no longer used to in nowadays Hollywood movies or at least is not that common with all superheroes, sequels, prequels, remakes that are flowing our cinemas… The plot is 100% Tarantino doing; you can feel it through the whole movie (and that means almost 3 hours!) from first to last second. You are really drawn into the story and into its characters for the whole duration of the film.
Secondly, the characters are really strong ones; all with their backgrounds and reasons to act like they are acting. All of them are brilliantly played by their respective actor or actress (only one) and some of them are old acquaintances from Mr Tarantino so they must be there. There are some moments within the movie that you just let out a laugh (although the situation is far from funny) just because of how the actor/actress plays it.
Then there is THE music; courtesy of Mr Morricone. And as all Tarantino’s movies, the music has its own role and it is one more character more; this movie is nothing less. The music flows through the air, through the story, it helps telling it, it gives you chills and it gets stuck in your head later on so you will associate the scenes with it even after you exist the cinema. Plus, Mr Morricone is one western master and in this movie you got reminded why!
If you are a Quentin Tarantino fan this movie is a must, I liked it more than Django, truth be told. If you are a western lover you must watch it too, because it not the so typical western although the music rings a bell. If you are none of the above, you should watch it to see what you are missing!
- Did you know?
– According to Quentin Tarantino his two primary cinematic influences on the film were The Thing (1982) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).
– This is only the eleventh film to be shot in the Ultra Panavision 70 process (65mm film with 1.25x squeeze anamorphic lenses, for an aspect ratio of 2.76:1). A film has not used this extremely rare process since Kartum (1966) nearly 50 years before. This also makes it Quentin Tarantino’s second film, after Jackie Brown (1997), to not be filmed in the 2.35 format.
– After the script leaked online, Quentin Tarantino did not want to make the film. But after they did a brief reading of the script in L.A. The cast were stunned and got excited for the film and with Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this film, Tarantino accepted.
– During parts of filming, the cast and crew worked in a 30 degree refrigerated set.
– There are three subtle references to Django Unchained in the film. First, when we meet Major Warren, he is sitting on top of 3 corpses and a saddle. This saddle was previously owned by Django and the second is in Minnie’s Haberdashery. Sitting on the floor of the haberdashery is Django’s green corduroy jacket. Both of these references have been confirmed by Samuel L. Jackson. Also, Walton Goggins’ character is called a ‘hillbilly’ in both films.
– ‘Mexican Bob’ is also a character name in the 1969 John Wayne western ‘True Grit’. He is a member of the Ned Pepper gang.
– With three words (“The Hateful Eight”) this is the longest title for a film directed by Quentin Tarantino. All the titles of his previous films only consisted of two words-
– The movie itself was shot on 70mm film, employing the very lenses used to shoot the Ben Hur chariot race in 1959.
– Director Cameo: Quentin Tarantino – Voice of the narrator.