Reservoir Dogs, is Quentin Tarantino's first full length featured film that got the ball rolling for him in Hollywood. The film is about a group of expert criminals who all anonymously are hired together to work as a team to pull off a diamond/jewelry heist. Except, everything seems to go wrong.
Tarantino made this movie unique with his riveting dialogue, his soundtrack and his trademark form of crude violence. His dialogue included some powerful monologues with very unusual metaphors that you really have to have an eye for. For instance, the film opens up with Mr. Brown, played by Tarantino, giving us a pop culture reference to Madonna's Like a Virgin and how the song isn't about how a girl meets a nice fella. Mr. Brown talks about how this girl has had sex so much that it isn't special any more but, she meets a guy with such a big penis that it hurts her and it feels like it was to be a virgin again. Hence, like a virgin. So, what does this have to do with the movie? It is a snappy monologue but when you think about it, the group of expert criminals all really get fucked over big time by a huge dick, as if they were first time, "virgin" criminals.
Now, his soundtrack is very unique because Tarantino used a radio weekend to base the movie around, called: "K-Billy's Super Sounds of the 70's". The Radio DJ/narrator was dull and boring but that is what added to the soundtracks "pizzazz". The George Baker Selection's, Little Green Bag has to be my favorite song of all of Tarantino's films. Just imagine walking with all the best criminals in LA, wearing black suits and ties knowing you are go home with thousands of dollars in jewels while this song is playing! Unreal. Watch this 10 minute video of the opening scene of this movie and please tell me this is not the greatest opening scene in all of cinema! Whenever I watch this on YouTube, I always have to watch the rest of the movie.
Most importantly, I would like to highlight the fact that Tarantino talked about things that people always think about, but we never talk about it. For instance, Mr. Pink's monologue about tipping. Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi and if you don't know who that is he played crazy eyes in Mr. Deeds and was the homeless guy in Big Daddy, talked about how he doesn't tip and how it is bull shit that waiters/waitresses make the same as people from McDonald's. He points out that it is dumb how society tips one group of people but doesn't tip the other. I really think this may be a metaphor for how as American's, we always treat one group of people differently than the other, showing segregation in our society not as a race issue but as an occupational issue. What Tarantino did was that he opened my mind up to a new issue of society that I had never thought of before. Just like this, he also points out how black women won't put up with the same shit as white girls do. True, very true, I just had never realized it. Last but not least, Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) goes in depth about how to take control during jewelry heist with Mr. Orange (Tim Roth). I love how he takes him under his wing. I won't go into detail about it, but if I were to ever rob a jewelry store, I would want to know this piece of advice. The kicker of this scene is that Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) says, "lets get a taco" at the end. Most crime/heist movies just show the bad ass side of the characters, whereas Tarantino actually shows you who these people are and what they do when they aren't robbing, killing and causing trouble. This is because in reality, they are normal people just like you and I. Here is the "Taco" scene, I hope you enjoy it.
This is my favorite film, probably of all time. Reservoir Dogs is the film that got me into the idea of truly pursuing screenwriting and filmmaking. It opened perspective from watching movies as from the eyes of an actor to the eyes of a director. This is why this film is truly remarkable for me. I hope for everyone who reads this watches this movie.
I have a few last things before I sign off. I have never read a film review...ever. These are just my notes and analysis of the film. If you have any comments on how to write a better review please let me know below in the comment section. If you are wondering why I didn't critique it at all, that is because I believe that it is perfection. I will have more critique and point out negative flaws of other films as I proceed in this blog.
Last, I want to dedicate this blog to all my friends and family back home. While I am in Madrid, I will be missing you very much. Also, here is the segment of Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, talking about tipping.
Until next time,