This should be a review, but the more I'm thinking how to do, I realize: it's a hommage. If a personality is controversial, I normally say: love or hate. But in case of Tarantino it's not true: you (have to) love. Undoubtely, this man got a "signature"; like Messrs. Hitchcock does or Sorrentino does or Allen does..they all got a character driven something special. And here we see the beginning of his signature...
As much as I agree with the consensus that "Pulp Fiction" is Tarantino's masterpiece, I personally love "Reservoir Dogs" almost as much, if not as much. In only his first film, Tarantino establishes a brilliance with clever dialogue, memorable characters, careful camerawork, and effective non-linear storytelling. It's cinematic, but also flows like a great play, and I'm a sucker for films that feel like that.
A directorial debut from Quentin Tarantino. In this movie, we are about to see some trademarks from him that we're gonna meet again his later movies. RESERVOIR DOGS is intriguing, entertaining, exciting, and a little bit claustrophobic. Each actors delivered a wonderful performance. Quentin Tarantino looks like a director who has more than 10 years experience as director in this movie. I feel this movie is too short.
There are few films that manage to capture the natural flow of conversations no matter how trivial the topics are as this movie does - and combined them with tension that beats for the entire hour and half. Strong characters and career defining performances along with iconic shots, mixture of styles and timeless soundtrack are to cement this as an all time classic and trend setter for a decade that is yet to evolve.
I had not watched this since I was 14. Watching it again now felt great and only went to demonstrate further what a masterwork of Tarantino's this really is. Fast-paced, purposeful and witty dialogue enveloped by an engaging and straight story. Surely one of Quentin's best ever. And it was his first.