Monday, 11 January 2016
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight is different. Very different and very good. In the middle it’s slow and I went to a late showing after a long day, which made it a bit more difficult. It has one of the most engaging character building opening parts of any film I’ve seen. Often the character building in films is slow and boring, especially if it’s the first part of a trilogy, but not the Hateful Eight.
About half way through it feels like it’s nearly over. Then it goes back to a different thread of events early that day, which put the later events in context. Then as the main thread is picked up again it turns into a typically Tarantino blood bath.
I find stories where everyone dies at the end disappointing (and I love Blake's 7!) and a lot like stories where someone wakes up and it was all a dream. It would have been a much better ending if Mannix had somehow walked away.