Why did hateful people get eight bad reviews

Criticism: The Hateful Eight (2015)

Critic Rating: 3 / 5

After the furious "Django Unchained", "The Hateful Eight" is the second western in a row from the director who opens this film by stating that this is "the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino". If you find so much on display self-confidence uncomfortable, you may see the true meaning of the film title "The Hateful Eight" here ...

With "The Hateful Eight" Tarantino once again makes it abundantly clear that he is a filmmaker who puffs up and doesn't spill: the ordinary theatrical version is almost three hours long, the 70 mm super panorama roadshow version does it - including an obligatory 12-minute version Break - even for over three hours. For the film music none other than Ennio Morricone was hired, whose score for Sergio Leone's classic "Play me the song of death" has burned itself into the brain of every western aficionado. It goes without saying that Tarantino has almost without exception cast star and cult actors such as Kurt Russel, Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth for his "hateful or hateful eight".

In terms of content, "The Hateful Eight" is as minimalistic as "Reservoir Dogs" was once. Tarantino's feature film debut came out in 1992 with only two venues and a good half dozen crooks. But what was a real stroke of genius at the time, looks pretty absurd in 2016. With his debut, Tarantino had proven that you can make a very good film in Hollywood with a ridiculous 1.2 million dollars if you have enough creativity and a knack for the right actors. Tarantino now rolls out the same ingredients in "The Hateful Eight" in epic length and (screen) width. You can call this consistent and say that Tarantino has condensed his unique style into its pure essence. However, one can also speculate that the great master simply cannot think of anything new. The fact is that in Tarantino's films, at least since "Death Proof" (2007), signs of fatigue have become obvious. With the exception of "Django Unchained" one can even speak of a creeping, but continued, decline.

That doesn't mean "The Hateful Eight" is a bad movie. When it comes to designing bizarre characters and working out eloquent-absurd dialogues, no one is fooling the man. The problem is that there is nothing more to it than that. And Tarantino has now inflated this big nothing to three hours, in which nothing happens consistently in the first half and nothing happens in the second half that is not already known enough from other Tarantino films. Nevertheless, at least the second half of the film, which takes place in the wooden hut, is very entertaining. But instead of any further developments, Tarantino relies on more of the same here - as in many bad sequels to successful films:

Instead of sudden eruptive outbreaks of violence, there are grotesquely exaggerated eruptive outbreaks of violence in "The Hateful Eight" and instead of deliberately politically incorrect sayings and stories, the film offers absolutely grotesquely exaggerated, politically incorrect sayings and stories. The first time fountains of blood splash on Daisy Domergue's face (Jennifer Jason Leigh) it is relatively strange, the second time it already looks slightly tasteless and the third time at the latest, the additional use of skull fragments and bits of brain cannot prevent the " Gag "has long been annoying. Likewise, the reversed racism of the black Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) is initially funny. But when it culminates in a grotesquely exaggerated tale of a white southerner, who is driven naked in the freezing cold by Warren for hours, to the grace of a warm fellatio with Warren, according to his own admission, huge and thickly veined pulsating device to receive, the unmistakable bare will to provoke as much as possible is annoying again. Imagine if Tarantino had told the same story in reverse constellation: Then everyone would say that it was not funny, but simply big crap. But that's typically Tarantino ...

Conclusion: "The Hateful Eight" gives the impression that the enfant terrible of US cinema can no longer think of anything new. Sometimes it's still very entertaining. But in the end there is a feeling of great emptiness.


Gregor Torinus