Reservoir Dogs 15th Anniversary

June 19th, 2008 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

Has there been a more auspicious arrival on the Hollywood stage in the last few decades? Hard to believe, but Quentin Tarantino’s own Citizen Kane is now 15 years old.

If you’ve never seen the movie, you have no right to call yourself a movie fan. Go and get it immediately so you don’t embarrass yourself among cinephile friends. To say it’s about the aftermath of a robbery gone wrong is like saying Chinatown is a detective thriller or Star Wars a movie about aliens.

As concerned with cinematic style as he was with telling a story, Tarantino referenced styles, galvanised them, made them his own and introduced them to a new generation of moviegoers. Everything from the choice of music on the soundtrack to the camera angles, the casual, almost comical use of bloodshed and violence, pitch-perfect casting and a new take on dialogue we’d never seen before gives the film a unique stamp.

The features amount to a retrospective broken into short chapters with a few film historian, critic and author talking heads reminiscing on the impact and influence of the film. There’s also a short film profiling the characters by their various personality traits, characterising each of their upbringings and the lives that led them to the jewel heist. It’s funny but easily forgettable, and if it weren’t for the wealth of other material around on the Reservoir Dogs lore it’d be a pretty thin package.


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