If ever a camera was the hero in a movie, then this is it! The ‘antique’ Ultra Panavision 70mm camera used by Quentin Tarantino in ‘ Hateful Eight’ and last used in 1966, has created ripples not just in the film industry, but also does so in the hearts of the audience. If ever there was a poetic opening scene with a cinematography to match for, then this is it. If ever the music score in the beginning hauntingly tells you what to expect in the end, then this is it!
Tarantino builds pure nostalgia of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Django Unchained’ in this movie that you love to hate. It is full of contradictions. The characters are ugly, despicable and evil. You want most of them dead, yet when they are alive you can’t help laughing at their misery and helplessness. The movie starts with a great promise of outdoor scenes especially with such a historic camera. Yet the whole film is shot in one room-Minnie’s Haberdashery. Samuel Jackson and Kurt Russell play one of their most memorable roles as bounty hunters while Jennifor Jason Leigh is the ‘bounty’. She acts well enough for you to hope that you don’t come across her ever again in any life.
However, this movie is not just about actors. It is about the pace- very soporific in the first half and just when you are just about to catch a wink, it gallops with such a pace that you are left breathless. It could have very well been a Hitchcock movie as you don’t have the slightest idea of the plot till the end. And when you do, you are shell shocked by the bloody feast that happens on the screen. Yet, none of this makes you feel sick, it only keeps you stunned and in good humour, unless you are a person who faints at any sign of blood. And this is the beauty of the movie and greatness of Tarantino.
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