Quentin Tarantino has done something rather unexpected with one of his movies.
Quentin Tarantino is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely praised filmmakers working today. His success stems from his ability to target so many demographics, whether they’re cine-literate or simply casual cinemagoers. Whenever a Tarantino film is teased, there’s always an admirable degree of excitement; other filmmakers would love to gain the amount of widespread attention that he does. However, the attention on him at the moment is a little curious.
With such modern classics as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction under his belt, the director’s very name is a selling point. He even attracted audiences into the cinema back in 2015 for a sprawling, claustrophobic western pushing almost three hours in length. Although it’s hardly the popular genre it once was decades ago, fans were attracted to this dialogue-heavy tale set largely in one location because it was helmed by Tarantino. Not all audiences enjoyed it, but their devotion to his work led them to seek it out fast. Most audiences’ respect for him comes down to the director’s own love for cinema, and yet, he’s blurred the boundary between cinema and TV with his latest oddball move.
As suggested, Tarantino’s passion for all things cinema has been very well documented for decades. So, it seems bizarre that his most recent film – The Hateful Eight – has been turned into a four-part Netflix miniseries with added footage, pushing it to four hours. When it surfaced, fans inevitably hit out at the streaming service, asserting that they had compromised the spirit of the film and ruined it. However, speaking to SlashFilm, the director confirms that he edited it himself, playing a key role in its creation.
While discussing the process, he admitted that “…there was [already] a literary aspect to the film anyway, so it definitely has this “chapters unfolding” quality.” That does make sense, and he is the creator after all, able to do with his property what he so wishes. On the other hand, it does seem odd knowing that there are two versions of The Hateful Eight out there, and for Tarantino purists – who love everything cinema – it seems a no-brainer to consume the film as it was initially intended; as a work of cinema.
Has he ruined his own movie? Of course not. It’s an odd move for him to have taken, but it has no direct effect on 2015’s The Hateful Eight, it simply means there’s now an episodic way to enjoy it. Although fans haven’t been entirely thrilled by the concept, it’ll be hard for most to resist checking it out solely to witness the extended material. Is it better than the film? Now, that’s another debate entirely, but one we’ll surely be having very soon.
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