Over the last few years, I’ve really developed a love for Quentin Tarantino. Every movie I’ve seen directed by him is nothing short of excellent. His dialogue is written fantastically, his over-the-top violence is just…awesome. And he’s done so much to the industry that has evolved how other directors craft their films.
‘Pulp Fiction’ is probably the prime example of all of this. Since then, Tarantino has really evolved. Some consider ‘Pulp’ to still be his best effort, but I have personally found even more entertainment value in his most recent films, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and Django Unchained’. Tarantino knows how to make a long movie fly by, and leave the viewer wanting more with the use of fine camerawork, expertly crafted dialogue, and many other great techniques.
‘The Hateful Eight’ had some of these things missing for me. It’s a movie that really feels like it didn’t need to be 3 hours long.
There is great dialogue, but there is less of it in here than there is in previous projects. I really felt bored during the first 30-40 minutes of this movie, and it was mostly because the dialogue just wasn’t interesting, and there was too much of it.
‘Pulp Fiction’ has a lot of dialogue, and much of it serves little purpose to the plot, but serves a purpose in getting to know the characters and what they represent. It feels real, but it’s also intriguing as it brings up things about life to ponder. It’s humorous, and just overall interesting with every single line. In ‘Hateful Eight’, I felt like a lot of the dialogue could have been scrapped. I didn’t need a vast majority of it, especially in the first act.
As the film brings its characters to the cabin, everything picks up and gets better though. I felt like the story-telling instantly began to grab my attention more. The rest of the movie felt a lot more reminiscent to ‘Inglorious Basterds’ to me, with its non-linear narrative structure, which Tarantino is very well known for. The second half is where the humor is, along with the glorified violence, and compelling character and story arcs.
The performances are great, the story-telling does end up being excellent, and the style of the movie feels both classic and modern at the same time. The music being written and composed by Ennio Morricone help all of these things to feel rich and elegant.
It’s very classic Tarantino, and if you’re a fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this. I just felt like it was one of his weaker efforts, as his usual trademarks just didn’t work as effectively as they have in his previous films. It’s still a very well-made movie though. It just takes a while to get going. The final acts should elevate your attention, and shouldn’t leave you too disappointed.