Reservoir Dogs (1992)

I never finished Pulp Fiction — I’ve only seen the first third. And I have to admit that I prefer Tarantino’s very first attempt, because that one had more raw in it. And of course, it was shorter.

I’m not a fan of visible violence in film (I’m ridiculously easy to scare), but sometimes the things you don’t like are served in such a way that you just can’t help but to adore it. Reservoir Dogs was so fresh, unique, exciting — and the fact that lots and lots of blood was used as a tool for that doesn’t take anything away.

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What’s happening is a bit difficult to grasp at the beginning. We get a hilarious scene where we learn about the men who are about to entertain us for the next hour and a half. And then there’s a lot of panic, a lot of screaming, there’s a seriously injured guy on the back seat. What the hell happened?

Characters are re-introduced to us as they meet at a warehouse in the perfect pace, but now something’s changed. The trust has disappeared. WHY DOESN’T ANYONE CARE ABOUT MR. ORANGE? And yet it’s hilarious. Quickly, it gets dangerous as Mr. Blonde arrives. He’s got the coolest name and the coolest line in the film.

“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?”

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A lot of crazy stuff happens, and the more we learn about these misters in suits, the crazier it gets. The events are often non-linear and placed perfectly. By the time The End rolls in, my heart is still in overdrive from the gasoline scene, I think it’s all hilarious and I’m throwing my fist in the air, because I knew who the bad guy was.

I’ve always been afraid to call myself a Tarantino fan. I’ve only seen the Kill Bills years ago without really concentrating, I’ve confused Inglorious Basterds with Men Who Stare at Goats twice and don’t even get me started on the lesser-known flicks. But after seeing where he comes from, seeing what was the film like with which he carved his name into “directors to remember” list, I can say, without a doubt, that I love this man’s style. From the very beginning.

Only now, after having seen the film, I realise how awesome the minimalist poster I chose for Reservoir Dogs when putting together my Blind Spot list is. Isn’t it?

But speaking of great posters — I recently changed host families and felt really, really sad the first night in the new family, even though I’d been very eager to change. Before going to bed that first night, I decided I’ll enjoy living there just as much or even more, no matter what I have to do. And I closed the bedroom door and saw the poster on the right hanging on it, and knew it was all gonna be alright.

The Blind Spot Series is a blogathon led by Ryan at The Matinee, where the aim is to watch an essential film every month. You can find my choices for 2014 here.

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30 responses to “Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  1. I love this film, glad you liked it. That poster is great too.

  2. What better way to settle into a new place than seeing an awesome movie poster hanging on the wall? Love this film, still one of Tarantino’s best for me.

  3. You really should watch all of Pulp Fiction. It all comes together at the end

  4. Great review! I’m glad you got to see this. P.S, I totally lol’d at “I’ve confused Inglorious Basterds with Men Who Stare at Goats twice”

  5. Now that is a blind spot! Great write-up of a modern classic.

  6. What an amazing coincidence that you found the poster behind the door! That’s the best luck. This film is awesome too, so glad you loved it! Excellent write-up! 🙂

  7. Okay, shit. I’m in a new place and the door closes revealing that poster? I spring out of bed and furiously hug everyone in that house. That’s frickin’ great.

    While I liked Reservoir Dogs, I don’t think it holds a candle to Pulp Fiction. I’d say for the first year or two after it came out, I was quoting and referring to it the way a normal guy incessantly talks about a girl he likes after she’s left the room. It was pretty embarrassing. Oh, and in college? Yep. Totally had the poster.

    And I’m with Brittani. Confusing those two movies is hysterical. I’m pretty sure Basterds was almost entirely goat free. Pretty sure.

    • I think I have to rephrase that thing up there — I’m sure Pulp Fiction’s a masterpiece and I’ll see it ASAP, but Reservoir Dogs just… clicked with me, instantly, and I know Pulp Fiction’s generally placed higher in everyone’s favourites.

      We’ll see about the goats, Basterds is high on my watchlist. 😀

  8. Definitely one of QT’s finest. I never tire of this movie. It’s so damn good!

  9. Glad you liked it! I think you’d enjoy all of Tarantino’s films, perhaps with exclusion of Death Proof, which is the weakest. I definitely prefer PF to RD, so I’m eager to hear your thoughts when you see it.

  10. Love this too, I think it was my first oldie Tarantino!

  11. Great stuff Elina. I can’t call myself a fan of Tarantino either though I did like Inglourious Basterds despite its violence. I know based on what I’ve read (and some clips I saw) that I won’t be able to handle the violence in this one. Torture scenes are way too much for my feeble nerves.

  12. There’s so much energy in the dialogue…I think that’s one of the main reasons why I like Reservoir Dogs so much. Still, I do prefer Pulp Fiction when it comes to “Best of” Tarantino.

  13. Awesome, so happy you liked his one. Res Dogs in one of my favorite films, but, at the risk of venturing into annoyance, Pulp really is his masterpiece. I know a lot of your commenters have already encouraged you to watch it, but that’s because it’s so great. Promise!

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  15. There’s just something about steve buscemi when he is involved with a great director that makes him shine. I did enjoy this one, although not as much as pulp fiction. 🙂 nice review

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