365 films in 2016: film 76 (The Hateful Eight 2015)

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.05.22.pngIf you’re one of the few people who check this blog then you will have noticed the lack of 365 films in 2016 posts over the last week or so, well that is because I’ve decided to cut it short and quit while I’m still kind of enjoying it. When i decided to do this (very stupid) challenge i didn’t take into account how time consuming it would be, especially when you take into account college work and a job, writing a post about a film, sometimes 2 or 3 a day takes more time than i have.

But fear not, this doesn’t mean i’m not going to stop using this blog, i’m still going to write about films and by not having to worry about time and some arbitrary challenge i can make the posts better and elaborate more, but i also want to use this blog for photography and fashion, i mean that was my initial plan and I’ve had this blog for like 3 months now and I’ve yet to make a single post. so yeah. I’m quitting, get over it.

But onto the film, I remember when the script for The Hateful Eight leaked back in 2013, after reading one page i stopped myself and purposefully avoided it because knowing Tarantino i knew he would release it in some capacity, and here we are 3 years later with an actual film, and to be honest it’s pretty good. I dont have a very high expectations for Tarentino, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just know and understand his style at this point and don’t really expect anything more than a 2-3 hour fun, action movie that has an almost over the top level of tongue and cheek to it. And that is what this film is, if you’re familiar with his style and his other films, The Hateful eight won’t really bring anything new to the table. There was one thing that felt different with the Hateful Eight though, some of the racism in this film just feels completely unneeded, unlike with Django where the Racism felt like it was part of the story and a motivator for the main character, it just feels like Tarantino wanted to cram in some N-words every now and then when they did nothing but lessen the experience, there’s no need to make an already unlikeable character more unlikeable if it doesn’t advance the characters development.

This ultimately leaves you with a question? should Tarentino be allowed to write things like this without a black co-writer? I Personally don’t think so, it doesn’t feel like the use of slurs in this film is there to push the characters and weight to what they say, it just feels like a teenage boy that found out about the N-word an hour ago and won’t stop saying it. But of course thats just my opinion, and there’s a million articles about reasons why Tarantino can be problematic so i’ll leave that topic to them.

Though The Hateful Eight might not be his most refreshing film it definitely is Tarantino’s most beautifully shot film, the ultra wide aspect ratio makes the snowy landscapes look incredible and the long opening shot sets the tone for the film perfectly. Ultimately, This is a Tarantino film. If you’ve seen any of his other films you’ll know what to expect, it’s violent, it’s quirky and it’s fun, nothing more, nothing less. The Hateful Eight is a 7/10.


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