Reservoir Dogs understands less is more

22 Dec


Quentin Tarantino’s debut film, Reservoir Dogs is one of those rare films that redefines the way audiences understand cinema. His independent film featuring an all star cast of fresh and seasoned actors opened the door to a film style that would feature unapologetic dialogue, skillful non-linear storytelling, charismatic characters, and unforgettable on-screen violence.

The film opens with a group of men talking about Madonna’s song, “Like a Virgin,” and then abruptly transitions to Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) screaming for his life in the back seat of a getaway car speeding to the hideout.  Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) believes the job was a set up and everyone becomes a suspect, but the audience knows who the “rat” is for the majority of the film, which is a genius stroke by Tarantino. Everything from the set and music to Steven Wright’s voice is perfect.

The film is simple, but the execution separates it from other low-budget movies. Tarantino understands less is more.


Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade A+

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