Tarantino's elaborate yet bloody 90's debut-feature
Arguably one of Tarantino's best works, Tarantino certainly has made his first debut with Reservoir Dogs. This time, he crafts another nonlinear narrative which divides the varying storylines and characters which are positioned against the backdrop of the heist which occupies Reservoir Dogs' storyline. Reservoir Dogs revolves around the aftermath of a failed heist, and Tarantino creates the personalities of the characters in an amazing opening scene--which offers some interesting insight into the characters and their personalities. Their personalities unfold as Tarantino's film continues.
We begin to understand that Reservoir Dogs is not a crime film, it's more of a character study of a group of people caught in a particular place at a particular time, and trying to get out of it. We follow these interesting characters as they spar with each other in discovering the possible culprit of the events which led to the heist failing.
We soon learn later on that things are more intricate than expected--which Tarantino does brilliantly. Tarantino does a brilliant job at creating the turning points which mark a particular event in the story--as Tarantino goes back and forth at uncovering the events of the film, we then realize that Tarantino has crafted this situation in such an elaborate fashion that this is certainly his debut-feature.
Usually, I wouldn't expect a director's first-feature to be excellent. Well, Reservoir Dogs is a great example of that very possibility, as Tarantino has learned to craft an elaborately written story which details the events which precede and follow the backdrop of the story, which is the heist. However, Tarantino really makes this film a character study--a study of people caught in a particular situation, pleading to get out, and not knowing how to. That is what Reservoir Dogs is all about.
But, of course, the film is both bloody and intense. Here is a brief content description of the film:
Positive messages: N/A. Crime is a pivotal theme displayed throughout the events of the film.
Positive role models: N/A. The characters are criminal jewel thieves. Enough said.
Violence: 10/10. Tarantino certainly brings out quite a bit of bloody violence in the film. Characters are shot and beaten throughout the film, and usually, the violence is very graphic in terms of the results. Bloody wounds are shown in several scenes--blood is shown on characters' faces or bodies. A gunfight occurs at the end of the film, and a character is tortured via a not-shown but intense ear-cutting (the results are briefly shown later).
Sex: 3/10. Characters make a couple clear but brief sexual references, particularly in the early scene.
Profanity: 10/10. Language spews out of characters constantly--which wasn't necessary. The dialogue consists of frequent F-words, as well as the words "S***" "G**d**n" and "H***"--these words are used several times in the film. The language is nearly constant and unnecessary in the film, as well as a couple sexual terms used in the film.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: 8/10. Cigarette smoking, again, is a favorite of the characters, as they are frequently shown lighting and smoking cigarettes throughout the film. A couple instances of alcohol use occur in the film.
Overall, Reservoir Dogs is an elaborately written tale of multiple characters stuck at a particular place at a particular time--Tarantino uses this concept and builds it into elaborate storylines of the characters, building the personalities of the characters as a result in the film.
Tarantino understands how to create the characters' personalities, and he does so as the story unfolds. He helps us the viewer understand the personalities the characters occupy, which lets us know more about the characters in the film. Tarantino also offers an interesting character study which portrays the struggles these characters deal with as they attempt to uncover the events which caused their heist to fail.
As a result, we get an elaborately written Tarantino feature, which is his first feature, and yet, Reservoir Dogs still is one of Tarantino's best films we've received from him. That said, the language and violence make Reservoir Dogs best left to mature audiences. I give Reservoir Dogs 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to mature teens 16 and up.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking