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The Hateful Eight

January 1, 2017

The Hateful Eight (2016)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins

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Synopsis: A group of men with murky agendas hole up in Minnie’s Haberdashery while a fierce blizzard rages outside.

Review: Invariably with the films of Quentin Tarantino, there are moments of sheer cinematographic and storytelling inspiration. Much like with his most recent effort (Django Unchained) however, this latest work – The Hateful Eight – is a tad ragged. Those inspired touches become the exception rather than the norm, and though there’s a lot to admire in the work’s ambitious cocktail of ingenious cine-theatrical conceit and some sly racial and gender politicking, the film’s baggy length and approach to telling its story draws attention to some of its flaws.

The shift into postmodern mode in the film’s final act (chronological retreads, scenes replayed from different perspectives, and a third-person narration by Tarantino himself) is too expository. It feels like a belated attempt to inflect a bit of spice to an intelligent if rather dry drama, and also hearkens back unflatteringly to the sheer genius of Tarantino’s employment of the very same tropes in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction(January 2017)

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