Quentin Tarantino is a unique voice within and without the Hollywood machine. With nine feature films spanning 24 years, you really do need to sit up and take notice when a new one is released. While all cover a gamut of genres, there are a few things you can rely on – meticulously crafted narratives; sharp, witty dialogue; beautifully shot scenes; wonderfully assembled movies. That, in this particular case, Mr Tarantino has chosen to shoot The Hateful Eight in the Ultra Panavision 70 format is the cherry on top of an already deliciously iced cake. That the first film to be shot in this sumptuous format was How the West Was Won in 1962 (with the last film shot in the format being Khartoum in 1966) is no coincidence.
I won’t go into the whys and wherefores of the actual movie; suffice to say it’s one of those films that needs to be seen on the big screen. What I will mention though is the attention to detail exhibited by The Hateful Eight. I’ve seen quite a few Westerns in my time, but cannot really recall the due consideration given to the horses of such a film. Mr Tarantino displays a sensitivity to these animals not previously seen in Westerns. From some simply arresting footage through to the depiction of care afforded them, it is a thoughtful treatise spared to a creature that is synonymous with this most classic of genres. That the American Humane Association‘s End Credit Disclaimer is featured so prominently so early on in the end credits is testament to this.
For those of a long-film-phobic nature be warned; The Hateful Eight is 187 minutes long, but please go and see it. It was 187 minutes of my life I was very happy to give up. Quentin Tarantino is a special filmmaker who consistently creates special pieces of cinema.
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