Quentin Tarantino is probably one of the most influential directors out there. His is also one of the most inspiring stories for any aspiring filmmakers out there. It’s time to take a look back in time. Reservoir Dogs is Quentin Tarantino’s directional debut, and if you have seen it, you’ll know that it’s a powerful film, for so many reasons.
Tarantino is very open about the films, directors and even music that has influenced his work, and often, he claims that he is not plagiarising, but rather is paying his respect by giving the pervious work, homage. When you think about it, more so as time goes on, films will continue to become more and more, ‘recycled’. That’s ok, just as long as they continue to be ‘fresh’! Having said that, Quentin Tarantino does bring plenty of originality to the table, specifically in his story telling style and his graphic representation of violence and machismo.
As soon as Reservoir Dogs starts, there is no doubt that Tarantino has made a film driven by males, for males. Interestingly enough, there is no scripted dialogue by any female, at all. It’s not that Quentin Tarantino has anything against females, just look at Kill Bill, but this particular film is about the male psyche, and the male to male interaction. It’s also about good versus evil, and it exposes the truth that, within the criminal element, most times there is a human at the core, and other times, like in the case of Mr. Blonde, the criminal element sinks deep into the core. All this manages to take place comedically. Although technically not a comedy, who doesn’t laugh whilst watching this film?
First of all, I would like to ask, are there any females that love Reservoir Dogs, and why do you love it? I love this film, and it’s because I find myself in a setting so out of the ordinary, that I relish the idea of being present for the 99 minutes to see a group of strangers make a complete mess out of a heist. Plus I love the energy that every single cast member brings to the table. How fun must it have been to make this film? Can you imagine being on the set? Although it was filmed in around 30 days, it must have been so entertaining to watch everyone play out their scenes and mess up their lines! Where is a DeLorean when you need one!?
Tim Roth is stand out. He is annoying as hell, at first, but as his character fleshes out, and you learn who he really is, his performances makes more sense. As Mr. Orange, he recounts an anecdote of his dealing days, the attention of detail in this scene is impeccable, the dialogue, the performances, the music, the direction, it’s clean, it’s Quentin! Speaking of which, I think it was a great idea that he cast himself as Mr. Brown. What I mean is that the world needed a face to the name, Quentin Tarantino. By being in his first film, he achieved that, kept the budget tight and also, I’m sure, realised that acting was not his thing.
With a precisely chosen soundtrack, anti-chronological story, Reservoir Dogs is a classic and important piece of cinema, with it entered the great Quentin Tarantino. Who is your favourite Mr. (Insert Colour Here)? Why do you love this film, or why not?
“I’m hungry. Let’s get a taco.”
TRIVIA COOKIE: Mr. Blonde’s name is revealed as Vic Vega. In Pulp Fiction, John Travolta’s character is called, Vincent Vega. Quentin Tarantino has revealed that these two are indeed brothers. He had an interest in doing a prequel story that focused on the Vega brothers, but has since dropped the idea, considering that Michael Madsen and John Travolta have aged considerably.