Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... Written by Jordan Crighton (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
I guess I must start with I and have been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino, probably even before he became a cult favorite. That said as his career progressed his film became so expansive and dense with layers and unspoken messages that his later films left me thinking “what did I just watch?” So having seen THE HATEFUL 8 in theatres I felt it was time to watch it again and see what I came up with in a second viewing. Beyond the intense language, violence and sometimes gore, Tarantino films are dense with great dialogue and word play that creates an ominous feel, yet at the same time comedic relief. THE HATEFUL 8 was exactly that mixed with a story that takes place in an era that was still working out the value of people of all races and gender. It is this added level of tension mixed into a story of trust, love, and revenge that created my enjoyment for THE HATEFUL 8 the second time around. So for THE HATEFUL 8 I give it 4 1/2 stars.