Benz Eye View: The Hateful Eight

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The Hateful Eight

Pros:

The acting is great.  One great thing about it is that the actors make small details in their acting that work pretty well.  It is especially needed in the first half of the film (I will get to that in a moment).

The comedy is really dark, and it fits well into this film.  This IS a Quentin Tarantino film after all, and he puts in his unique storytelling style into the comedy.  It is utterly ridiculous, and I love it (except for one thing that I will get into later).

Speaking of storytelling, the mystery is intriguing enough to make you wonder what is going on, and who is involved.  Is it this guy or the other?  You can certainly trust some people, but even the film makes you question them enough if they have something devious in their sleeves.

Cons:

The first half of the film goes on for WAY TOO LONG.  The actors did well enough to make it tolerable, but it ends up getting boring.  They show almost every detail on what is happening to these people, particularly their backstories.  You have to be pretty patient to get through this overly two-hour long film (or in some versions, three hours).

Since this film used 70 mm film format, you will notice the two black bars from the top and bottom rows of the screen.  Because of that, I can only recommend going to a theater that supports the 70 mm format in order to remove this issue.  Everywhere else, if you have a problem with it, get used to seeing those bars.

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EX:A. Standard 35mm  B. Super 35  C. Technirama sequential exposure negative  D. Magnetic Track CinemaScope  E.  70mm  F. Optical Track CinemaScope

There is a certain thing that happens to a character that is very cringe-worthy.  I will leave it that.

Overall:

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most unique filmmakers today.  He makes very intriguing films that stand out (i.e. Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, etc.).  Funny enough, this film was almost never made since its script was leaked into the internet.  This made him cancel the film (and he thought about making it into a novel) until he changed his mind after he made a live read of the script.  Now with this film, I thought it was pretty good.  It still lives up to Tarantino’s quirky film-making.  I would not go as far as saying this is one of his best works (you can thank the first half of the film for that), but it is a worthy addition to his film-making credit.  If you are a huge fan of Tarantino’s work, this is really the film for you.  However, everyone else will just end up sticking to watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens…again (a film that he despises, but look it up if you want the full story).

8/10

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