Film Notes: The Hateful Eight (2015) directed by Quentin Tarantino

US / 168 minutes / color /The Weinstein Co. Dir: Quentin Tarantino Pro: Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher, Shannon McIntosh Scr: written by Quentin Tarantino Cine: Robert Richardson Mus: Ennio Morricone Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks,, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell, Lee Horsley, Gene Jones, Keith Jefferson, Craig Stark, Belinda Owino, Channing Tatum Release Date: (Los Angeles, California, premiere) 7 December 2015. (Spain) 15 January 2016.

The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western mystery film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino announced the film in November 2013. After the script leaked in January 2014, he cancelled the movie, but announced that he had changed his mind after directing a live reading of the script at the United Artists Theater in Los Angeles. Filming began on December 8, 2014, near Telluride, Colorado. Distributed by Weinstein Company, The Hateful Eight was released on December 25, 2015, in a roadshow release in 70 mm film format, to generally positive reviews from critics. It had a wide digital release on December 30, 2015. The score, composed by Ennio Morricone, was his first complete Western score in 35 years and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award, winning the former. (Source: Wikipedia)

Official Synopsis: Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman”, will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road they encounter two strangers Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) a black former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) a southern renegade who claims to to be the town’s new sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir) who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth) the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they might not make it to Red Rock after all… (Source: The Quentin Tarantino Archives)

Last week Begoña and I had the chance to go and see Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, another film that I was expecting I would have enjoyed much more, unfortunately, this has not been the case. In a nutshell after a first half which I quite liked it, in my view, the film ends up being unnecessarily lengthy and the ending is far too predictable and disappointing. Maybe only for Tarantino’s diehard fans.

The Hollywood Reporter film review

Quentin Tarantino Interview: Screenwriting The Hateful Eight with Chris Nolan

Quentin Tarantino on his new film, The Hateful Eight

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