So I just recently saw Quentin Tarantino’s 8th movie “The Hateful Eight” now I’ve been trying to see this movie since it came out but I kept forgetting about until I saw commercials for it. But every time I mentioned to someone I wanted to see this movie every single person from my brother, to my cousin to just being on twitter, every said this movie was good, which made me want to check it out even more. Before I saw this movie I didn’t know what to expect from the previews I thought everyone was a bounty hunter stuck in this place trying to kill this one woman, well this movie sure flipped the script on me. Now if you’ve never seen a Tarantino film some of the things that happen in this movie you might feel is over the top, but you have to understand that is the kind of film maker he is, he likes to push the envelope in everything he does. I’ll give an example in a little.
Now this movie is set around the time of Abraham Lincoln and years after the Civil war ended, many people still very up in arms about Race, I won’t go into full details about this movie, but I just want to share what I really enjoyed about this movie and how I felt about this movie. When I mentioned a little earlier that Tarantino pushes the envelope in a lot of his movies he uses the N word or the word Nigger, I have no problem with this because of the time period he sets a lot of his movies in and wants to bring a graphic, but also vivid view on a lot of situation’s. I think at times it’s hard for me to really appreciate the movies because that word is used so much, but I think because I love his movies so much and I understand the concept of what he’s trying to do makes me kind of block it out and watch the movie. But being at when this movie was set it makes perfect sense for that word to be used because you knew that’s what was being thrown around especially with Samuel L. Jackson’s character Major Marquis Warren who is transporting 3 dead bodies to Red Rock to collect his pay.
Now Major Marquis was one of my favorite characters throughout the movie because he had a black empowerment feel to him, but he also knew that he had to be tough after the civil war. Major comes in contact with John Ruth who is taking daisy Domergue to Red Rock to be hang. When we first see Daisy she is all marked up and bruised from Ruth capturing her and beating on her, you almost feel a little bit of sympathy for her because of how much of a beating she’s taking, but you can understand Ruth’s logic of wanting to keep her alive, even though everyone keeps telling him wouldn’t it be better if you just killed her and brought her to red rock. Now a major part of this movie is finding out that Marquis has a Lincoln Letter that a lot of the white characters cannot believe that Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to a black man. Which also goes back into history that Lincoln never really cared about the slaves, but merely to get more men to fight in the war.
We then meet Chris Mannix who is the new sheriff of Red Rock, but also has a interesting war history and record just like Major Marquis. These 4 and also O.B. (one of my favorite characters) driving the stage coach and riding along to get out of the blizzard and end up at the Haberdashery. We come on contact with Joe Gage, General Smithers, Oswaldo and Bob. This movie had a great cast of characters and everyone played their parts very well, now everyone is stuck inside of this Haberdashery until the blizzard is over, but Ruth has a strange feeling that someone is there to rescue Daisy. Ruth makes it clear he’s trying to kill anyone by taking everyone’s guns and at least have cordial conversations. By making a clear statement who he is and that hes going to hang daisy when he get to red rock and invites anyone who wants to stop him to come and try.
Now for me this movie was a little different then past Tarantino movies their weren’t a whole lot of fight scenes and guns and heads getting chopped off, but this movie was more so of kind a look back into what might have happened back in the day people still frustrated after the civil war, the time of bounty hunters and gangs and riding horses, people trying to kill each other for that 10 thousand or 50 thousand bond on someone’s head. You see the differences in each character how Chris warmed up to General Smithers because who they were and what they fought for, Ruth and Marquis stayed kind of close, and Gage, and Oswaldo, and Bob kind of stayed on the outside and daisy couldn’t go anywhere. Not to spoil the movie for anyone but this movie took a total 360 when the coffee was poisoned and this is when everything got crazy. I won’t give to many spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie, but I love the flashback scene because that explains everything of how everyone came to be in the movie, that everyone meeting up wasn’t just random, that this whole ordeal was planned.
I honestly really enjoyed this movie it was as good as everyone said it was and had a lot of suspenseful moments especially after the flashback and how everything went down before Ruth, Marquis and Chris got there. It was also interesting to see Channing Tatum play a different role then his usual that I see a lot of the time. I said before it wasn’t the usual Tarantino movie, but it was once the shootings and killings started happening blood everywhere it was insane, and the ending of the movie kind of had a very sadistic feel to seeing someone just hanging or getting the satisfaction from it. But Marquis and Chris went through hell at the end. I said I wasn’t giving spoilers but I kind of did secretly. when you first watch this movie it kind of gives you an old western feel to it, but once it gets into the movie you can see how Quentin put this whole movie together and did a great job with it. If you’re looking for a movie with a really good plot twist then this is your movie. When watching this movie you didn’t know if everyone would try to kill one person, but everyone had their own record and history that everyone respected.
I think the moral of this movie is looks are deceiving and always watch and inspect everything that seems suspicious especially if you have a gut feeling. That many of people will do anything for money or loyalty always be watchful. Go check out the movie and enjoy yourself and see how you feel after watching. Thank you everyone who’s been checking out the blog don’t be afraid to comment and suggest on anything.
Riceball Rating: 8.5