“Reservoir Dogs (1992)” Review

Purportedly the epitome of 90s cool.

Why did I watch it?

It’s Quentin Tarantino’s first film as director, and I enjoyed his Kill Bills.

Did it meet expectations?

I didn’t expect it to be so… theatrical. Most of this could’ve been staged on a large ‘warehouse’ set most effectively (and maybe it has, by now). It’s as gory as expected… albeit fairly briefly. I’m pretty squeamish so it does put me off. If I enjoy a Tarantino movie it’s despite the ultra-violence. I was surprised that Tarantino’s voice was the first I heard when I spun this disc – I knew he wrote and directed, I hadn’t realised he was in it, though he’s not one of the four or five leads who each get a turn in the spotlight. It’s Keitel’s performance that steals this, though, supported by Tim Roth. Buscemi is reliably jittery and Michael Madsen does well to stand out as a psycho amid the den of ruthless thieves. It’s cleverly structured storytelling, pacy, without any slack, and a satisfying and amusing culmination.

You should watch it if…

  • You enjoy theatrical cinema
  • Want to see an impressive debut

You shouldn’t watch it if…

  • You’re as squeamish as I am

Up next: Westworld (1973)

About Simon Wood

E-learning officer, lapsed mathematician, Doctor Who fan and garden railway builder. See simonwood.info for more…

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