Vox: Everything about The Hateful Eight is a provocation.
The new Western from director Quentin Tarantino provokes through its content. The N-word is tossed around liberally, mostly by white people, and after Tarantino has courted controversy numerous times in the past because of it. The one major female character is constantly getting beat up, like she's more of a rag doll than a human being, and the people around her mostly act like this is hilarious. The violence is blood-soaked and gory, owing far more to splatter horror than the Western.