Hot Trailers: The Hateful Eight, Fathers and Daughters

The Hateful Eight
The Hateful EightPHOTO: YOUTUBE
Fathers and Daughters
Fathers and DaughtersPHOTO: YOUTUBE


I believe this is what happens when Quentin Tarantino holds a poker night for his favourite actor pals: Eight bounty hunters in this serio-comic Western flick - among them, Tarantino old-time faves Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen - get holed up in a halfway rest stop during a snowstorm in the mountains.  All of them look like scruffy, sneaky cutthroats out to really cut the throat or shoot the heck out of Russell's prisoner - played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tarantino's latest career-revival gal.

"One of them fellas is not what he says he is," bellows righteous Russell, who is known as "The Hangman". I'm hooked. I'm a big QT fan who would even go see it when he's holding a reunion in an ashtray.


Maybe this is the best way to star in a film with Russell Crowe.  Share top billing with him, but don't act with him.  Old Grumpy Russ doesn't exactly have the reputation of a choirboy. Amanda Seyfried plays the grown-up version of Crowe's daughter long after he has died.  Which means they don't meet in any scene in this trailer.

Playing a famous writer, Crowe is suffering seizures and exuding the sort of sacrifice-for-only- child teary moments with Seyfried's little-girl version, reminding you of Will Smith doing the same thing with his son in 2006's The Pursuit Of Happyness. Then I realise that this milked-for-emotion deal is helmed by Italian director Gabriele Muccino, who also did The Pursuit Of Happyness.  I did joke in 2006 that if the movie starred Crowe, it'd be The Pursuit Of Crappyness. 

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2015, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe