Okay so I saw Hateful Eight as well this past week with my boyfriend and we both had completely polar views on it:
I am a huge Tarantino fan. I have loved almost all of his movies because they are quirky, sarcastic, and the cinematography is great. However, this movie was just… missing something. I loved the overarching theme of the movie ( a kind of “whodunit” scenario) and, as always, it was absolutely beautiful. That being said, it just felt lazy in some aspects. I feel there was a lot of fat to be trimmed with this film. It did not have the pull of the traditional Tarantino film that I have always felt, especially in Inglourious Basterds and Django. I also agree with @Dezmo in that the use of the N word is now a sort of trademark and shock factor for Tarantino’s newer stuff. I believe that he’s been using this era of films as a way to excuse it for the sake of authenticity, but I still shudder every time I hear it, and maybe that’s exactly what he wants.
With all that being said, Ben and the other couple we went to see it with absolutely loved it. The sarcasm and wit are spot on for a Tarantino, and the violence is so excessive it’s humorous (as always). Without giving too much away, Ben and I walked away with ideas so different from one another towards this film that I really couldn’t let it go. Why did he like it so much, having never really seen any other Tarantino films except Django and Reservoir Dogs? Maybe that worked in his favor.
Unfortunately for us, the movie theatre that did have 70 mm was sold out, but we saw it in digital at a movie theatre with reclining leather sofas, full bar, that sort of thing. It made sitting in place for 3+ hours bearable.
TL;DR– If you’re even remotely a Tarantino fan, go see it and decide for yourself. This movie is so not the norm for today’s films that you’re going to either love it or hate it. Just go see it, you’re going to anyways.