I’m a Quentin Tarantino fan, having seen the Kill Bill films, Django, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Inglourious Basterds. I was pretty excited when I had first heard about The Hateful Eight being released back in 2015. I never got around to watching it in theaters then, proceeded to hear that it was just OK, and put off watching it until this past weekend.
Overall, it was just ok. I thought Samuel L Jackson and Kurt Russell did a decent job with their roles. The humor/action/dialogue felt like a Quentin Tarantino movie, but the movie never really clicked. All other Tarantino films I’ve seen (even Basterds, which is probably my least favorite of the ones I’ve seen), clicks at some point; when it clicks, the various thematic contents fall in place, the character’s and their relationships make sense/feel complete, and your left with a feeling of “that was a damn good story.” With The Hateful Eight, Tarantino’s story touches on race relations a lot, and it becomes as big of a plot point as the main story line (not a supporting element, which is what analogous thematic content in his other movies do).
Things that I liked:
+ The cinematography was decent — not as good as other Tarantino movies (Kill Bill Vol. 1). The music/soundtrack was pretty good too.
+ Witty dialogue.
+ Samuel L Jackson being badass throughout the entire movie.
Things I didn’t like:
+ The main story/conflict & the method of story telling had a lot of potential to be awesome — but I just didn’t find the main plot particularly compelling.