Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino’s success has constantly been going up with every film he releases; and it sky-rocketed after the release of his latest film, Django Unchained.

tarantinoThe director, who primarily uses dialogue and violence as the main aspects in his films, has had a go at many different genres. He’s made a heist film (Reservoir Dogs), two martial arts themed films (Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2), a war film (Inglourious Basterds) and a western (Django Unchained), among others. Every movie has kept audiences gripped to the screen with its lengthy spoken parts and intense action sequences; which generally require buckets of blood.

Just over a year after the release of his last film and Tarantino is already planning for his 9th movie, which I am sure will have a lot of fans excited. However, although I am not disappointed by this, instead of attempted a different genre as he has done is the past, he has stated that he will be making another western.

The film is entitled The Hateful Eight and is not a sequel to Django Unchained. Tarantino’s reasoning for doing another western is because now that he has learnt how to make one, he wants to make another. Inspiration for the film has been taken from John Sturges’ famous western The Magnificent Seven (hence the name), and the film which inspired that; Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (hence the name again).

Production, filming and casting are still a long way off, so not much is known about The Hateful Eight. Although rumours have surfaced that Tarantino has written a part specifically for Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who took leading roles in his previous two films.

quentin-tarantino-christoph-waltz-01Through the years Tarantino has planned films and then quickly dropped the ideas, whether or not he decides to make The Hateful Eight or not I hope something will be in the works from him soon.

Django Unchained

The dialogue master delivers another masterpiece.

Quentin Tarantino, one of the greatest directors and writers of our time, has done it again, creating a motion picture which have all audience members glued to the screen throughout the 2 hours 45 minute film.

This film is slightly different compared to his other works though, where many of his earlier films such as ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), are dialogue driven, keeping the film going with the characters and story line, Django Unchained, still gives the classicDjangoUnchainedOfficialPosterPT aspects of a Tarantino film, but presents the audience with something more. The director shows off how successful his films have been by pulling out more special effects and action, which we saw come to light in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009), than has been seen in his other features. Tarantino makes the effects, which mirror that of Tarantino’s directing friend Robert Rodriguez’s film ‘Planet Terror’ (2007), his own though, and doesn’t over do the action, not letting his fans forget that his work centres around his characters rather than massive explosions.

The film is based in 1858 and centres around Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave who is freed by Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz), who trains Django to become a bounty hunter, like himself. Django agrees, on the condition that once they are done Shultz will help him find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Their journey for his wife leads them to attempt to make a deal with Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the owner of ‘Candy land’ which is home to hundreds of slaves, including Broomhilda.

The all star cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill and Quentin Tarantino himself, execute their roles beautifully, Christoph Waltz showed his terrific acting capabilities in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, and although this time he has switched to being a hero rather than a villain, he plays the suavely, sophisticated Dr. King Shultz in a way christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchainedwhich will surely secure him a role in the Director’s next picture. Leonardo DiCaprio gives off an essence from his character which will make you want to rid the world of him, just as much as Django. The film is stolen by the the talents of Jamie Foxx, portraying Django in the changes from being a slave, to a bounty hunter, to a hero. Making the audience feel his pain for the wife he has lost, and what he will go through and will do to get her back.

Once again one of the aspects of the film is to shock, mainly with the violence shown towards the slaves, however it is not overdone, the violence is slightly muted in the same way ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was, it is more in the imagination of what is happening that is shocking, rather than the image being on the screen. This is the second time Tarantino has attempted to reinvent a genre in his own way, the first being ‘Inglourious Basterds’. This time it is a western, the genre is captured well with the film, using certain characteristics which define a film of this type, such as the landscape shots, angles at which the camera is placed and the ruthless gun fights between heroes and villains.

Although the film is Tarantino’s longest running, it could be said that it is by far one of his best, with a gripping story line, wonderfully portrayed characters, shocking violence and a soundtrack which any fan will be want to get their hands, Django Unchained, despite Tarantino thinking ‘Inglourious Bastards’ was, truly is his masterpiece.

Quentin Tarantino’s other work:


Reservoir Dogs ‘1992’


Pulp Fiction ‘1994’


Jackie Brown ‘1997’


Kill Bill Volume 1 ‘2003’


Kill Bill Volume 2 ‘2004’


Death Proof ‘2007’


Inglourious Basterds ‘2009’