There is just something about Quentin Tarantino that I like. I think it is just his passion and the obvious enjoyment he gets out of what he does. Kevin Smith is very much like that as well. He has a way of telling a story and you can always tell a Quentin Tarantino movie when you watch it.
Despite that I can’t say that the Hateful Eight is his best work, I still think that honour goes to Pulp Fiction but that could be debated at a later date. It was way too long for my liking and location wise it really only takes place in two places a carriage travelling in a snow storm that will turn into a blizzard and a roadhouse called Minnie’s Haberdashery on the way to Red Rock, Wyoming. In the initial carriage scenes we meet O.B the driver of John Ruth (Kurt Russell) who is a bounty hunter known as the Hangman and his prisoner who he is handcuffed to, Daisy Domague (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
On the road they pick up another bounty hunter and former war hero Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson) who is heading the same way with his own dead bounties. Ruth lets him on mainly due to the letter from Lincoln that Warren has in his pocket. They then encounter Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a new Sherriff of Red Rock. They arrive a Minnie’s where they have to nail the door shut every time. The owners of the roadhouse have apparently gone to visit Minnie’s mother, and is left in the charge of Bob (Demian Bichir) a Mexican whom Warren is very suspicious of.
Within the roadhouse is an old southern General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern), the hangman of the region Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth) and a cowpuncher by the name of Joe Gage (Michael Madsen). From the get go Ruth is suspicious of everyone thinking that there is someone in the roadhouse that wishes to set Domague free, with only Warren that he trusts.
Naturally as it is a Tarantino movie there is a lot of violence and general bad language and by the end just about everyone is dead. There is only one thing that I will be a little nit-picky about and that is Zoe Bell. Now she did not play a huge part in the story admittedly but I just thought a Kiwi and a female driving a team of horses in post-civil war Wyoming seemed unlikely and it bothered me so much so that I had to research to see if it was possible. It was but still….