Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino seems dead set on reinvigorating the Spaghetti Western, for a variety of reasons. The snowed in Wild West seems like the perfect context for his outlandish, boundary breaking characters to engage in patent Tarantino banter, ranging from the outright hilarity to surprisingly deep pop-existentialism. The prominence and ubiquity of guns, outlaws and bounty hunters (a continuing theme from his last Western, Django Unchained) lay the foundation for a film brimming with over-the-top, expertly choreographed ultra-violence that we’ve not only come to expect — but to know and love.
From the trailer for The Hateful Eight, we can glean that the plot revolves around what are sure to be eight uniquely twisted bounty hunters — with one sinister, secret exception — competing for the reward on one female outlaw’s head. Plenty of comical violence and vitriol are sure to ensue, replete with the usual star-studded cast including Tarantino staples like Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Justified‘s Walton Goggins.
Tarantino seems to stand alone in his ability to pump out consistently entertaining and introspective movies that dole out action and thoughtfulness in equal amounts. Whether he’s rewriting history to give the world a more satisfying end to World War II (and indirectly confronting many psychological issues many still hold today) or balancing race relations with cowboys and six shooters, Tarantino continues to make movies that people not only see but continue to talk about for years after.
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
The Hateful Eight opens in theaters on December 25, 2015.