ST. LOUIS — If you like buckets of blood, vomit, violence, racial epithets and foul language, “The Hateful Eight” is the movie for you — and you will be treated to three hours and seven minutes of it!
This film is so slow in the first two hours that I wanted to get up and leave — or scream — but I thought as a film critic I had to stay and wait it out. Yet I was screaming internally. It does improve in the last hour, but by then my brain was numb.
“The Hateful Eight” is set shortly after the Civil War. On a stagecoach racing through the wintry Wyoming landscape trying to get ahead of a blizzard, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is a murderer, head towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth is bringing Domergue to be hanged. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), an infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), who claims to be Red Rock’s new sheriff.
Losing their lead on the blizzard, they seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four strangers: Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of the Haberdashery while Minnie is away visiting her mother; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and, Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).
Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed “The Hateful Eight.” Unfortunately, this is not his best work, but it is typical of Tarantino’s quirky and bloody style. I don’t know why, but he started the film with an overture and then there was an intermission. I think the last time I saw a movie with an overture and intermission was “The Sound of Music” and that came out in 1965.
The music by Ennio Morricone was beautiful and the cinematography of the Wyoming countryside was breathtaking. “The Hateful Eight” would have been a much better film if they had edited the film to two hours and cut out the overture and intermission. It was too long and there was too much talk, talk, talk.
“The Hateful Eight” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12. Even if you love Tarantino movies you can miss this one. There are so many other wonderful movies out to spend your money on.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at email@example.com. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com.