Sunday, October 24, 2010

Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino, 1992, 99m

This is the first Tarantino film. It is a highly engrossing non linear crime thriller with plenty of lively conversation for conversation's sake. In movies, as in life, talking is an end as well as a means.With no female character the movie is an interesting picture of male camaraderie and bonding, liberally sprinkled with four letter words. A diamond robbery turns into a fiasco and the plot skids wildly in a mixture of the tragi-comic and the violent. Each of the crooks is an interesting character and one can relate to each one of them, including the prisoner on parole turned torturer. The movie zooms to an abrupt entirely satisfying pathetically tragic Bonnie and Clyde type resolution with a Shakespearean heap of corpses. Tarantino's plumage as a film-maker is yet to emerge in it's full glory but he has already hit the mark in his first assay.

Vincent Canby

4 comments:

Nathanael Hood said...

This is easily my favorite Tarantino film. I feel that it has his best combination of witty dialogue and action.

I feel like all of his other films are either too talkative or too engrossed in mindless action.

Reservoir Dogs has the best blend.

kaist455 said...

"Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?".

This line from that Shakespeare's play was connected to Mr. Orange's situation in my head.

I think the movie is a little bit overrated, but Tarantino is a talented guy. And even his warm-up is more interesting than lots of movies out there.

S. M. Rana said...

Nathanael:

Reservoir Dogs is a gripping film and a very satisfying one, The ending is tragic in a pathetic way as the crook-cop duo of "lovers" opts out of life in a Romeo-Juliet mutual suicide-like ending. And the talkathatholons are fascinating.

S. M. Rana said...

Kaist 455:

There is a perfect symmetry to the conclusion, Cranby in his beautiful linked review has compared it in it's swiftness, finality, and body count to the ending of Hamlet.