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As many of you may be aware, I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino. I enjoy his trademark dialogue, interesting pop cultural observations, and his love of genre filmmaking. Reservoir Dogs is his first feature, and while it’s a flawed film, it’s still worth watching for the sheer bravado of the whole thing.
For those that may not be aware, Reservoir Dogs is the story of a diamond store heist, more specifically, it’s aftermath. The heist goes wrong, there’s an undercover cop in the group, and lots of people die.
Tarantino has always been known for his use of intense language and graphic violence, and Reservoir Dogs is the origin. The movie has a lot of blood, and seems to relish the violent nature of the gang of robbers, specifically the sadistic man codenamed Mr. Blonde.
What allows the film to be better than just the violence is the performances, specifically Tim Roth as Mr. Orange, Steve Buscemi as Mr. Pink, and Michael Madsen as the aforementioned Mr. Blonde. They all breathe life into their characters, and although the face time for each is short, they are all quite memorable. The caliber of the actors involved is what elevates the movie beyond just the machinations of plot, which although is clever, does leave the viewer underhwelmed, especially on repeat viewings.
Overall, this is still a must-see film, even though it’s the least successful (in my opinion) of Tarantino’s filmography.