|THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE||
Normally I never do the same thing twice in a week, but I just saw this movie last night(January 2) and I wanted to talk about it while the bombastic actions of its three hour run time are still fresh in my head.
In typical Tarantino fashion, he’s made a sprawling, gorgeous layered film with tons of curse words and plenty of increasingly solid plot points and acting. The general premise here is this: This woman Daisy, is a bad woman, but she very well may be better than the Hangman bringing her to her death. This hangman, played by Kurt Russell, is a special type of vile, but once you get to the meat of the film, you quickly learn that no one in this film is particularly worth knowing, and through it all, they give their best as well as receive the type of punishment only QT can deliver.
For as long as the movie is(nearing three hours), their isn’t much in the way of varied locations. The first forty or so minutes is all conversation in a horse drawn carriage enroute to the main central location where the rest of the plot plays out, to perfect effect. Now with any QT film, you have generally something that’s little bit of a slow burn. As I mentioned earlier, the film gravitates to and unfolds in one solitary environment. The setting of Minnie’s Haberdashery is pensive and unsettling. You know something is coming, and of course it’s a violent outburst that seems to come out of nowhere, but once you understand the stakes of the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino, you are able to see that this means love, hate, and a strange sense of compassion all play a role in this.
Now any movie can live and die based on its cast, and “The Hateful Eight” blows it out of the park. While there’s no real “star” here, plenty of great actors grace the screen. Sam Jackson essentially plays himself and is completely ridiculous, while Russell is a special kind of torturer. But the main takeaways, at least for me are Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue and the always on point Walton Goggins as the new Sheriff of Red Rock. That’s not to say though the rest of the cast isn’t great. Bruce Dern is the perfect hateful racist, and QT even manages to make you feel horrible for him at one point(which I won’t spoil), and Tim Roth is finally back in the directors world rocking it like he did in “Pulp Fiction” and others.
Overall though, the movie is another exceptional film in a canon that remains a cut above the rest and only adds to his legacy as one of the best filmmakers in the world. Thanks for reading!
Landon Murray is a music connooisseur who craves sounds of all shapes and textures. He's seen over 2000 bands and looks forward to welcoming you into his world of sound,
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