'The Hateful Eight' Review by Ammar Akhtar

'The Hateful Eight' stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. It's directed by Quentin Tarantino. 'The Hateful Eight' tells the story of 8 people who are trapped in a cabin after a horrible blizzard occurs. These people aren't necessarily the finest folks in America, and for that reason there's only betrayal and lies between them.

I'm a big fan of Tarantino, and I was very excited to see 'The Hateful Eight'. However, after hearing  the script leaked online and Tarantino not doing it, I was disappointed as it seemed like a very good story. Then, he decided to do it and once again I was happy. Now after seeing the film, I can confidently say this is one of the best movies I've seen all year and certainly one of his best films.

Probably my favorite Tarantino movie is 'Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2' as they both have a combination of over-the-top of violence and excellent dialogue, while also having a compelling story. I was very happy to see that once again with this film. The dialogue is absolutely stunning, and it feels very real. It was so grand and epic as we've seen in previous Tarantino movies. He once again proved he's capable of giving an excellent screenplay with this film. Some people have issues with the nature of violence in his films, but I personally have no issues with it at all because it's just so awesome! He didn't tame it down one bit, which I loved. He also managed to create a VERY intriguing story. It all unfolds perfectly with the usage of nonlinear storytelling, which we've seen Tarantino used his epic violence beautifully on screen and it was glorious to see. As a whole, Tarantino showed us his unique style once again.

There were SO MANY great performances in this film. Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen were all great. However, there's one huge name I left out, and that's because he stole the entire movie for me: Samuel L. Jackson. This man was so great on screen! His character was beautifully executed and so brilliant. Along with that, we see a funny side to him that's just great to hear from Jackson's voice. He did a fantastic job, and it's probably one of his best performances.

Ennio Morricone did the score for this movie, and it's just brilliant. It's so great to hear music from him because it's very unique by the way it sounds. His type of music fits perfectly with this western, and I'm glad Tarantino used him for 'The Hateful Eight'. 

Tarantino used 70mm film for this movie and created a "roadshow". This was back in the day when the audience would come and watch a film with an overture and intermission, similar to a play. Tarantino did the exact same with this movie, and it added to the whole cinematic experience. It was such a fascinating idea to bring the past to the present. It was unlike anything that I had experienced all year, which is something I want to see in films. Each experience should be different from the rest, and I got that with this movie. Also, the 70mm film was great as well. You could tell film was used as there's grain seen and looks more like films back in the 1900s. If there's a theater near you showing 'The Hateful Eight' in 70mm, check it out!

Overall, this is another masterpiece given to us by the master himself. Quentin Tarantino once again has delivered a brilliant film with excellent dialogue, over-the-top violence, and a tension filled story. Along with that, Ennio Morricone's beautiful new score was so great to hear. It was also very nice to see the film in 70mm as Tarantino took us back in the past to get a feeling of what movies were like in the 1960s. He created an excellent western that was a throwback to the ones back in the day. Check this out when you get a chance!

MY SCORE: 10/10