Cinema can still be an event, as Tarantino proves in this fantastically made film; however whether a film of such scale would still impress at home remains to be seen.


The Hateful Eight is a film that definitely needs to be seen in a cinema. I recently went to see the Roadshow edition at a sold-out screening and right from the off it felt special with the film itself being the most special part.

A lot has been said about Tarantino’s use of 65mm film and use of Ultrapanavision on this film and rightly so. From the start the film looks different to anything you’ve seen in recent years and it’s epic wide-angle shots allow for extremely intriguing camera angles that are both beautifull (especially the snowy exteriors) and full of meaning. The film is a design and cinematography masterclass and it’ll be interesting to see how much of this carries to the DVD release.


As for the plot and the film itself; it is pretty typical Tarantino (and great for that). The film revolves around seven men and a woman (the Hateful Eight) becoming trapped in a cabin due to a blizzard and as time moves on we discover each of their hidden motives, building to a gory conclusion that is both gripping and hilarious.


Enjoying the film in a cinema full of fellow Tarantino’s fans who applauded every moment, I left the theatre thinking it was an instant classic. However reflecting on the film I’m not so sure. Yes the film is thoroughly enjoyable and yes it does look great but I don’t think it’s a film I would ever want to watch on repeat (as I did with Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs), it was enjoyable for the experience and the feeling of those around me enhanced this and it was true reminder that the cinema is not a dead format and will continue as long as directors are willing to push for it.