Quentin Tarantino’s favorite film of the year is often a well-earned surprise (see “Toy Story 3” in 2010) or an out-of-left-field shocker (this is the filmmaker that picked “Midnight in Paris” as the best of 2011), but this year “The Hateful Eight” director is pretty much in line with the rest of the industry in picking George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” as the movie of the year.
French online magazine Première caught up with the director during his international “The Hateful Eight” press tour and asked the big question, to which Tarantino responded:
“It would have to be the Mad Max movie, ‘Fury Road.’ I got a print of ‘Mad Max’ on 35mm and I watched it in my house, and I had it all weekend and I ended up watching it three different times, and I resisted seeing it for a while because I was like, ‘”Mad Max” without Mel Gibson? Forget that!’ In a world where Mel Gibson exists, how can you cast Tom Hardy?… Then I saw the movie and, ‘Okay, it’s terrific,’ and he’s pretty good in it, I have to admit.”
Something tells us having a private 35mm print of the film only added to Tarantino’s joyous moviegoing experience. The director’s latest, “The Hateful Eight,” opens tomorrow, Christmas Day, in select 70mm formats, before expanding nationwide December 31.