If you are Quentin Tarantino and about to hire a composer to score one of your films for the first time, I can hardly think of a better choice than the legendary Ennio Morricone, who created such iconic music for films like Cinema Paradiso, The Mission, The Thing, and a whole bunch of Sergio Leone films (Once Upon a Time in America, How the West Was Won and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. just to name a few).
Tarantino has made a name for himself as a director for quite a few reasons, but one is the fact that he never had original music composed for his films, instead deciding to curate his own musical accompaniment using songs and bits and pieces of other film scores.
And then he decided to make his 8th film, The Hateful 8, a throwback to the grand American Western, shot on stunning 70mm film and largely set in one location against a post Civil War, Wyoming mountain backdrop. If a movie could fit more perfectly in Morricone’s wheelhouse, I can’t think of it.
Due to a critic embargo, reviews for the film aren’t being released yet, but I think I can at least say that Morricone’s music is a perfect fit, but you can make up your own mind by listening to this stunning cue, titled “L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock,” which plays during the opening of the film.
The music perfectly evokes that old school feeling of grandeur, yet is slightly undercut by something ominous. It’s like How The West Was Won meets The Thing. Sounds like a Tarantino movie to me.
The Hateful 8 is set for a limited release in 70mm on Christmas Day, followed by a wide release on January 1.
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