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The Hateful Eight Review

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Kurt RussellSamuel L. JacksonMichael MadsenJennifer Jason Leigh

Needs More Hate

by Mason Manuel

The Hateful Eight is like that little brother you had that your parents loved so much that he got away with everything, so he kept pushing the envelope just because. Quentin Tarantino is back with another one of his signature gory, hilarious pieces with a Western-ish setting. Along for the ride is his troupe of usual actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, and Kurt Russell. Most of the staggering run time circles around a mainly male posse solving their personal problems with shotguns to the face, which is not exactly groundbreaking for Tarantino, but if the formula ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But unlike his previous films, the violence does not feel like it has much purpose behind it. Violence is there for violence’s sake. Despite Tarantino being the writer of some of the strongest women in cinematic history, the single woman in the cast mostly gets the ever loving sh*t beaten out of her and talked over constantly by her much more present male co-stars. The Hateful Eight feels like Tarantino is just making controversy for controversy’s sake, and that’s disappointing given his track record; but that’s not to say it is a hell of a fun film. Continue reading The Hateful Eight Review