It’s a miracle The Hateful Eight even exists. Following a major script leak early last year, Quentin Tarantino was adamant he wasn’t going to move forward with the project. But he eventually changed his mind, and we’re all better off for it, because the film looks phenomenal. Not that we had any doubt it would be good—Tarantino is an underrated director—but it still managed to surprise with its visuals and dialog. And that cast! Wow.
You can check out the official synopsis below.
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
When you watch a Tarantino film, you’re guaranteed to get three things: beautiful visuals, excellent music and terrific dialog. All three are in full force here, and I can’t wait to see the thing in its entirety when it hits theaters on Dec. 25 (wider release on Jan. 8, 2016).