DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino
Now just over 19 years old, Reservoir Dogs has made a quite a name for itself as a film that everyone should have seen, but I hadn’t. Firstly I was too young for it on its initial release, then I didn’t really fancy it and finally I saw bits and thought I wouldn’t like it. But now, I’ve seen it and…
I liked it.
I didn’t love it. It’s not Pulp Fiction but this is certainly a brilliant and raw introduction of one of cinema’s most iconic modern writer/directors. Tarantino’s style is clearly there, with funny but inconsequentially natural conversations and trademark witty exchanges and so is the unbridled gore. But even as the sadistic violence was extreme by Tarantino’s standards, the voracity of it was exhilarating.
Everything in this film was sharp and to the point and even now, after this film helped reshape modern cinema in its own image whilst being knowingly derivative, it still feels fresh as so many plot devices have been shed in favour on satisfying the audience.
Cool, harsh and refreshing, Reservoir Dogs is worthy of its kudos and I’m personally very glad to have finally seen this classic and Tarantino in his rawest form.