Quentin Tarantino is by far one of the greatest cinematic minds of our time, and it’s no joke that he’s inspired a generation of filmmakers to create the films that THEY want to make. Tarantino’s films have always had his originality, his films have the same sense of cinematic flair.
The three elements you’ll always find in a Tarantino film are chapters that separate each part of the film, a lengthiness that adds to the intensity of the film, and of course; the long dialogue sections full of interesting quips and never-ending tension. He’s mastered this now and is popular for it, but his style first emerged in Reservoir Dogs, a film that put him on the map!
How to Download Reservoir Dogs
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The Movie Review
I will say that there’s not a lot of story in this particular film, and the less is more aspect of filmmaking truly shines here. There’s no overly long plot, it’s not littered with story beats or character moments, this is a film that is from start to end about a heist that goes horribly, horribly wrong. A team of criminals is assembled by crime lord Joe Cabot, their task is to complete a one-time job, a diamond store heist that will set them up for life.
They all use names with different colors to protect their identities, should the job go wrong in any way. On the day of the assignment, however, the police ambush the gang, and each member escapes on their own. The gang realizes that someone must have informed the police or been an undercover officer as they assemble at their meeting place in the warehouse. Violence breaks out within the walls of the warehouse as allegations and suspicions get more serious.
This is the general plot, but what changes everything here is Quentin Tarantino’s direction and his screenplay. Tarantino created a new aesthetic with Reservoir Dogs, one that would never leave his films moving forward. It was bloodily violent, outrageously startling, and inventively amusing. Each of his flicks ends up becoming the definition of coolness due to this creative approach.
The movie opens with a lengthy conversation about the meaning of the phrase ‘Like a Virgin’ delivered by Tarantino himself as the fast-talking Mr. Brown. Tarantino’s writing is both his signature style and his greatest strength. The first few minutes of Reservoir Dogs pose no questions for the audience, instead, they give an honest portrayal of a trivial conversation that sounds real and authentic. In its rawness, it gives the characters a more human, if not sympathetic, quality.
The tone and dialogue of this film give the characters a certain amount of intellect, adding to the depth of reality that the characters are supposed to represent. Steve Buscemi’s performance as Mr. Pink, who plays the satirical figure that everyone can laugh at, must be the film’s funniest and most memorable character.
In the meantime, Tarantino gives an extremely fantastic performance as Mr. Brown, a cocky con guy who talks quickly. By far, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, and Michael Madson gave the best performances. They not only give the best performances in the movie but some of their best performances overall throughout their careers.
The Visuals and the Music
I must say that there were a few errors in the film’s visual department though, the cinematography, in particular, was something I found a bit lacking. It just didn’t click with me on an emotional level, of course, it was really good at some points in the film – such as the infamous ear-cutting scene – but overall it didn’t really bring anything new to the table. I did enjoy the music here though, it has some of the best-picked songs in any film, as should be expected with any Tarantino film, to be honest.
Although Reservoir Dogs may not be Quentin Tarantino’s best work, it is unquestionably one of the most recognizable, distinctive, and thoroughly enjoyable movies ever made. Between the humorous writing and the gruesome killings, there is nothing that could possibly make the film more ideal. Reservoir Dogs is such a classic that even now there is so much to admire, enjoy, and learn from when you’re giving it a watch. Highly recommended, a true masterpiece.
- Incredibly unique screenplay and writing
- The characters are all entertaining and well-acted
- The film features an amazing soundtrack
- The violence and plot twists make the film super fun!
- The cinematography is a bit lacking overall