Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Channing Tatum.
Tarantino’s Eighth film, (ironically) is another alternate history story, albeit this time with fictional characters.
On a very bad blizzard day in Wyoming in 1877, several people each on their way to the town of Red Rock find themselves stuck in the locally famous and recently abandoned by its owner, Minnie’s Haberdashery to weather out the storm.
As time passes, and conversations grow, the group discover that several of them either share a history with one another, or their plans at Red Rock are connected – and that Bounty Hunter Russell’s prisoner Leigh might be working with one or more of the rest of them to plan her escape from her upcoming death by hanging.
At 168 minutes, it is the longest Tarantino film. It is very dialogue heavy (and with traditional Tarantino”esk” coarse language) – however it is relatively easy to follow in terms of plot. It is also traditionally violent, and mirrors his earlier Kill Bill in “comedic” blood (special shout out to Ms Leigh who wears her fair share).
There is some suspension of disbelief needed that most of these characters are aware of each other, and just happen to be at the same place at the same time.
In trying to place this on where it sits on Tarantino’s filmography, while he hasn’t really made a “bad” movie per say, this is not one of his better ones, which is a shame because this is the first time Samuel L Jackson has received top billing in any of his movies. It sadly is missing the editing love from the late great Sally Menke.
Special shout out goes to the very Oscar worthy music to Ennio Morricone – who’s score is simply breath-taking, and very much complements the feature.
All in all, worth a watch – but it is hard to get through in one sitting at almost 3 hours.