Details: Released in 1992. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen.
Reservoir Dogs is Tarantino’s first big movie before Pulp Fiction. Actually, Pulp Fiction is arguably Tarantino’s first big film, but a lot of people really like this one.
Tarantino is a really interesting figure because he represents the possibility that a film nerd can actually make movies. I’m not talking about someone who enjoys movies. I’m talking about someone who obsesses over details and over analyzes a film to an existential level and ignores all basic enjoyment one might derive from a film. I’m talking about someone so passionate about films as to be an arrogant snob and likely skulks around internet message boards telling people they are wrong about such and such film. That’s the kind of person Tarantino seems like to me. He is also one of the ugliest men I have ever seen.
Anyways, Reservoir Dogs is about a heist gone wrong. The survivors of that messed up heist go back to a safe house and try to figure out if there was a rat who set them up and who it was.
This is your classic Tarantino film with all the same tropes he’s known for. There’s a lot of cursing. There’s a lot of blood. Lots of people die eventually. There’s a lot of dialogue that tries really hard to sound cool. And, there are relatively few locations. After watching a number of Tarantino films, I feel like Tarantino would be better at writing plays than making movies. Oh well. At least it’s cheaper to finance a film with so few locations.
It’s an okay story and mostly helps me understand the kind of filmmaker wants to be and the ideas that led to Tarantino’s subsequent films.
The performances were all right. Cinematography was also just all right.
Overall, I sort of enjoyed it, though I feel like you can skip it if you want. Just go watch Pulp Fiction if you want a true taste of Tarantino’s style.