First Impressions: The Hateful 8


The Hateful Eight, a Hateful Movie?

What happens when several scoundrels, thugs, and outlaws are trapped in the same room together? Some scuffles, several insults, and all around nasty stuff. This movie is Quentin Tarrantino’s Eighth film. There are several traits of Tarrantino films that are characteristic of his projects. The Hateful Eight is no different. So how was this movie experience, and more importantly is it worth a viewing.

Tarrantino has his own unique style that is reflective in all of his films. His love for classic westerns is again apparent in this film. Tarrantino’s previous movie, Django Unchained was an imaginative period piece set in Antebellum South. Yet it was framed as a western.

Tarrantino takes it a step further in The Hateful Eight. Whether it’s the cinemography, the abnormally long runtime, or the blend of gray characters, it is blatant that this movie is a western. All of the characters are dastardly in some form or another.

The plot of this movie is a slow burn. However, there are definitely some nice little plot twists that will keep you guessing throughout. Just when you think you have a character figured out, they prove you wrong.  In a lot of ways, Tarrantino utilized storytelling elements he used in Reservoir Dogs. He uses a lot of characters in a finite space, but without it ever feeling crowded. At the same time, he is able to utilize characters in the background as other characters were receiving the spotlight. Tarrantino’s style and his use of the characters immerse you in this world .


Those who are fond of Tarrantino movies know that he is known for his dialogue. This is a character driven film, possibly even more so than any of his recent films. This movie is a callback to the Reservoir Dog and Jackie Brown days of Tarrantino films. There is blood and gore, but it’s minimal and used only when necessary. If you’re not fond of a lot of dialogue and exposition, this isn’t a movie for you.

Of course hate is a theme of a film entitled The Hateful Eight. Tarrantino of course loves to play around with racial tensions. This film is full of moments that test and experiment with racial tensions in the old west. It is a subplot of the movie. Some will get extremely offended at some of the context in this film. However, an underlying theme of the film is not judging the moral character of a person at first sight.

Quentin Tarrantino fans will enjoy this film. For those of you who are not, you may not like this movie. However, if you can just sit through the racial themes, the exposition, and long scenic cuts, this is a good film worth catching at some point.


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