In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. (IMDb)
Nominations: Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Cinematography, and Original Score
So, I consider myself a Tarantino fan. I’ve always loved his visual and writing style. The way he pays homage to past trends but makes it modern at the same time somehow. So, of course I was looking forward to this. And I liked it. It was imaginative, the twists and turns were a ton of fun, and it also brought up some interesting points about racial tensions, especially post Civil War. However, I don’t think this is a new favorite. I don’t think it even breaks top five. And I was trying to figure out why. And I think I got it. And it involves a minor spoiler so stop reading now if you don’t want it:
Tarantino movies are known for their gratuitous violence. Normally, I enjoy it, think it’s funny even. But I really didn’t like the massacre scene that takes place earlier in the day (the flashback scene). It was just really unsettling to me. And I think it’s because those people just didn’t deserve it. They were complete innocent bystanders. In other Tarantino movies, they either had it coming, were heroes and die valiantly, or they are anti-heroes and you kind of expect them to die. I really didn’t feel good about those people dying, I got no joy out of seeing them shot repeatedly. And I think that’s what bothered me.
I also think he was relying a little too hard on his old tricks, (Samuel L. Jackson giving a long monologue before shooting someone, forced/unnatural dialogue that the actors somehow make work, etc.) I ultimately think that these reasons are why this doesn’t break my top five. Still a very good movie, don’t get me wrong. All of the acting is on point, and Jennifer Jason Leigh totally deserves the acting nomination, and I still enjoyed myself, it’s just not as impressive of an entry into Tarantino’s body of work.