Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs ★★★★★

***800th Review***

--Favorite line: "Are you gonna bark all day little doggie, or are you gonna bite?"

--Favorite character: Mr. Orange

--Favorite scene: Exchange between Orange and Martin, and before & after

I'm not gonna worry this time about sounding smart, sophisticated, or well put together. This time I'm simply letting my words flow out for my infatuation of this movie. Though I may have already said it in a non-related review at one point or another, this is my favorite movie out of Tarantino's entire discography.

Everything coming out of this movie is crass. From the dialog, to the mannerisms, to their blatant inappropriate racism at times. Yet in every exchange, every chuckle, every scream, I'm holding onto every single second of it, and I don't want to let go. These situations are so deep, even when you think it's just a normal conversation. There's no "normal" for Tarantino though, as with every line spoken, you know you're listening to his words. All of it feels measured, pondered upon, and hand selected with the most careful of touches, despite the fist-slamming lack of grace it all carries.

It's one of those movies that truly feels planned out, from the initial fade in, to the last frame. And its nonlinear approach to storytelling is superb. We get a glimpse of these fellas as they all share a meal, commenting about topics with the elegance of a sledgehammer. Then next thing we know, all hell has broken loose, no one knows anything, we're thrown into the fire as quick as the criminals. Once pieces come together back at the meeting place, we get further studies into the more prominent members of the gang.

Time to speak about a few of them. Mr. Blonde is up first, the sadistic torturer with a fondness for violence and generally pushing buttons. I don't think any of us can hear "Stuck in the Middle with You" the same ever again after this movie came out. Next is Mr. White, and through some of the narrative, I felt like his given heist name was derived from a slight purity within. Yes, he's still just as much of a scumbag, having killed and sharing some of the same hateful opinions as the other guys, but he's the one risking his neck to keep Mr. Orange alive. His reassurances to keep his injured buddy safe persist, even when he's unsure of the outcomes. He sees the misalignment of Blonde's way of thinking and realizes he's a risk to have around. It's hard to talk about the rest of the characters or go into more detail with the ones I've already brought up without potential spoilers, so I'll stop on that topic for those who still need to see this.

I've rambled on for quite a long while and I know like 75% of people probably won't even read this far, but I seriously could go on all night about why I feel this was truly Tarantino at his finest. The foreshadowing involved that they throw at the audience on several occasions is unappreciated levels of genius. With the exception of like maybe 10 lines in the whole thing, every bit of dialog had meaning and purpose. And for a couple of the actors, this is their best work. Tim Roth and Michael Madsen come to mind.

What Reservoir Dogs is able to accomplish in 99 minutes and without even showing the heist where it all went wrong is certifiably insane, in the best ways possible.

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