Let’s talk about movies: The hateful eight (2015) cannot be loved, cannot hated

By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 6.0/10

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino.

Written by: Quentin Tarantino.

Genre: Western.

MPAA Rating: R (contain some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them).

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue) and Walton Goggings (Sheriff Chris Mannix).

Running Time: 167 minutes.

I love Western films and proudly say it without fear of being called a movie palaeolithic critic. Fantasy and science fiction movies fill the cinemas for a simple and psychological reason: today’s people try to deny their own reality, cannot cope with it and prefer to dream about something different or escape for a while. Good directors and writers are severely depleted these days. The vast majority of them are not so good, but are not stupid either. They know that the margin for error in fiction movies can be as wide as an ocean, and therefore, they can easily justify careless mistakes with a single phrase: “It’s fiction.” So, you need to be very good in order to make a good Western film. And you need to love and understand the movie world to be able to appreciate this genre.

     I loved the first minutes of The hateful eight (2015): The classic western music and stagecoach, the bounty hunters’ toughness, Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren) and Kurt Russell (John Ruth) and I loved the remarkable and funny acting of Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue). But some time later, despite the good plot, the music and the group of good actors, I wondered if this movie was worth seeing because of its excessive bloody scenes. Obviously, they were absolutely disgusting, exaggerated and, above all, unnecessary. My Darling Clementine (1946), Shane (1953), The Big Country (1958), Rio Bravo (1959), For a few dollars more (1965) and many other great Western films stand the test of time for their actor’s toughness rather than for the blood coming out the bodies of gunmen. In fact, you will not see in any of these movies mentioned before the pool of blood that I saw in The hateful eight (2015).

     Quentin Tarantino’s movies are characterized by an aestheticization of violence that I personally dislike and disapprove. With so many real cases of violence in daily lives, we don’t need more incentives. When I finished watching the movie, the first thing that came to my mind was my sister’s pasta. When she was a teenager and had a party with her friends, she always bought good ingredients and cooked pasta. And before her friends came to our house, she always told me: “Eddy, help me to change the taste! Good ingredients without balance will not lead you to a good dish. That happened to Tarantino’s The hateful eight.

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This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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