TRAILER: The Hateful Eight
Tarantino’s latest film is finally here, the result of a difficult and occasionally turbulent birth – a leaking of the script prompted him to shut down the project entirely for a while. But, as 2016 kicks off, Tarantino’s frosty western is ready for the screen and, as you would expect of the big man, the cast is packed with Hollywood vets (Kurt Russell), out-of-context A-listers (Channing Tatum) and old allies (Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth).
Set in the US shortly after the Civil War, the film follows John “The Hangman” Ruth (Russell), who is trekking through a Wyoming blizzard with his victim (1980s icon Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue), on her way to be hanged. Meeting bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Jackson) and alleged sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) en route, they take shelter, where they meet the four remaining shady characters. From there, as you might imagine, things get messy, shots get fired and a whole lot of not-so-innocent blood gets spilled.
Taking his cue not from cinema, but from 60s and 70s western TV shows such as The Virginian, Tarantino has said that this is a film in which there are “no heroes”. It is about “a bunch of nefarious guys in a room”, all of whom have dubious pasts.
It’s also a beast to rival Tolkien: clocking in at a rumoured 182 minutes, it’s likely to be Tarantino’s longest by almost half an hour. It’s worth it, though, especially as the film was shot in Colorado and on Ultra Panavision 65mm film, the widest frames possible. It is only the eleventh film to have ever used the technique, one that gives stunning pictures of huge landscapes.
The film also features an original score by Ennio Morricone – making it the first Tarantino picture to feature entirely original music throughout. Whatever else it is, it is set to be a cinematic “event” just as significant as any space-age reboot.
In cinemas on January 14