NNWIJ: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Notable Cast: Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino

Rating: R

Review:  A lot of people think Pulp Fiction the minute Quentin’s name comes up in conversation, but those people obviously haven’t seen Reservoir Dogs.  Coming before the pop-culture phenomena that seriously put QT on the map, Reservoir Dogs is a true character piece that harps on QT’s dialogue driven style.  This is such an interesting film because it revolves around a bank robbery, but instead of focusing on the action of the crime, QT wrote a film about the before and after process.  He brings us into the lives of these criminals, how they get involved, and what happens when they get to the safe house.  We get a miniscule amount of film that shows the robbery itself.  This isn’t your typical heist film, but QT isn’t your typical director.  He is a brilliant writer, and makes even the most mundane moments in a film interesting to watch.  The opening scene of Reservoir Dogs is a perfect example of this, wasting about ten minutes talking about Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and the concept of tipping a waitress.  Except you don’t consider it a waste of time because of how entertaining it is to watch.  That scene is used over and over again, along with QT in general, to show just how powerful dialogue can be in a film.  Reservoir Dogs is such a brilliant take on the usual robbery film, and is so beautifully written film by Tarantino.  Plus, the acting is as professional as is all QT’s movies.  Michael Madsen delivers what I consider his best performance of all time as the psychopathic Mr. Blonde, and other favorites of course are Buscemi and Keitel.  But, did you expect anything else from them?  Ask any QT fan and they’ll probably agree, but this is actually his best film.  Pulp Fiction may be arguably more entertaining, but Reservoir Dogs can never be topped in a cinematic sense.  And don’t you DARE tell me Inglourious Basterds was his best.  Just don’t.

Netflix Rating: 5/5


About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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