Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino's eighth film The Hateful Eight has just been released with a series of exclusive 70mm Roadshow screenings in select cinemas. Danny and I went to check out this special event at the Astor Theatre in Windsor. Besides being on 70mm film, the roadshows are showing a longer version of the film that includes a musical overture at the start and intermission between acts, along with a special program.

The film is a western set in the post-Civil War era. A stage coach with bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) picks up fellow bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and his dead bounties. Both parties are on their way to Red Rock to cash in as a blizzard is about to hit. They end up stopping at Minnie's Haberdashery to ride out the storm, and encounter another group that arrived earlier. As you would expect everyone is suspicious of each other, which leads to the typical elements of any Tarantino film: blood, lots of violence and death. The film is set out in six chapters and goes for over three hours. It was quite entertaining, and being able to see it the 70mm format was amazing. If you can handle blood and comical ways of dying, definitely go and check it out.

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