It’s been a while since Django and Schultz marched into our theaters and reminded us just how iconic and stylistic a director Quentin Tarantino is. With his glorified bloodshed and the dry suave he surrounds all his characters with, each project of his is an absolute delight to watch. Although he hasn’t loitered in the genre too much, all of this creative design screams old Western and had most of us wondering what a solid Western by Tarantino would be like. It seems we are about to get that dream project of his and ours, with the Hateful Eight, which many sources claim could also be his last directorial outing. (A sad thing that would be, but better to go out with a bang rather than recede into inferiority I guess)
There have been many roadblocks along the way for this ensemble film, the most viral of which was the leak of a purported draft of the script, which Tarantino believes to have been caused by certain actors he sent it to. Whatever the case, he’s back on the saddle and we can’t be gladder. With a particularly Tarantino-esque cast including the quintessential Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Kurt Russel (Death Proof), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) and a new face to be bloodied by Tarantino, Channing Tatum, Hateful Eight is on. Here is the teaser trailer:
The official synopsis of the film sheds some light on the context:
“In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?”
It’s interesting that Tarantino is going back to his first noticed film – Reservoir Dogs – for the use of different strangers caught in a sticky situation where no one trusts anyone else, and placed that conundrum in a historic setting that can only make things more bloody-entertaining to watch. The teaser, while having no real footage from the film – unless Tarantino has decided to go off a wide tangent into animation – paints us the atmosphere and feel of the upcoming movie. It’s got that inevitable vibe carried over from Django Unchained that plays tango with real historic issues and blood-splattering fun. And with a certain archetype to be filled in by each character, this has the hype to be possibly his magnum opus, the perfect one to go out on.
What do you think? Will his latest dislodge the universally hailed Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds and take the spot as Tarantino’s finest work? It’s too early to say anything, but one thing we can almost be certain of is that it will not fail to entertain. The film stars Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Demian Bichir.