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Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight, is a three-hour Western that tells the story of bounty hunters in post-Civil War Wyoming.
Not surprisingly, it brings plenty of blood and bullets, along with past Tarantino collaborators like Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen and Kurt Russell. Jennifer Jason Leigh makes her debut with the legendary director.
Variety writes that the “gratuitous bloodletting and hefty running time” (187 minutes to be precise), should appeal primarily to cinephiles, though it’s also getting critical acclaim.
When the list of Golden Globe nominees was released on December 10, Tarantino got the nod for Best Screenplay, while Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in her role as dangerous fugitive Daisy Domergue. It also earned composer Ennio Morricone a nomination for best original score.
When speaking at the European premiere of the film in London, Quentin, who has taken home two Oscars, for his Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, remarked, “I am real proud of the script so I am glad it got nominated.”
While he was in understandably good spirits after hearing about his screenplay nomination, Tarantino admitted that it would be “wonderful” to get an Oscar nod for Best Director.
The iconic filmmaker also confessed that he only plans to make two more films, which may be why he’s trying to make the most of his big openings.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, “Well I’m probably only going to make 10 movies, so I’m already planning on what I’m going to do after that.
“That’s why I’m counting them. I have two more left. I want to stop at a certain point.”
As far as whether or not his eighth movie is worth watching – if you’re a Tarantino fan the answer seems to be overwhelmingly “yes.”
The New York Post writes that the “curveballs in the script, poetry, profanity and demented violence are trademark Tarantino. And the terrific ensemble, including some of the filmmaker’s go-to players, is served up expertly.”
At the same time, the site says that the film does feel a bit too stretched out to support the more than three-hour running time.
MLive notes that it’s another “terrifically verbose, blood Quentin Tarantino epic,” while What Culture sums it up as “massive moviemaking of the most audacious kind, with the tight story of eight (technically nine, but one isn’t hateful) people snowed in together as hidden plots unfurl, accentuated with a culturally sweeping script and vast cinematography make it feel simultaneously massive and intimate.”