This was the directorial debut film from Quentin Tarantino, based on the script which he also wrote. Often mimicked, this is the original that started it all for Tarantino. I regard this film as my number two favourite film of all time, this film and I have had quite the history. The first time I tried to watch it, I was young and I didn’t fully understand what was going on. I couldn’t help but wonder what the fuss was about, I was bored after 20 minutes and I turned it off. Yes, call me an idiot but I was young and naive back then, however as I got older I revisited it, and the rest as they say is history! I just completely fell in love with the film, and I wanted to just kiss Tarantino for making something so awesome. This is a dialogue driven film, about a diamond heist, where you never actually see the diamond heist. This film got quite the reputation as being extremely violent and bloody, but it really actually isn’t, and that is the power of what you see versus what they say and what is off screen and how you remember it later.
The script for this film is excellent, I love everything about it, starting of course with the dialogue. You know it works when you always find yourself quoting it, and always remembering it. Tarantino has his own style, the way the characters talk and interact with each other really reflects who they are. His characters all have a purpose, their own style, they are not bland, you can really see the distinct personalities even if they have a smaller role. The locations while there aren’t many and it is mainly done in the one place, all work for the film, and the simple cinematography makes you feel like you are there with them. It really engages you into the conversations and what is going on, even though it is told out of order, it is easy to follow and it gives you all the information you need and concludes itself perfectly.
I just really feel this film was perfectly cast, I can’t imagine anyone else in those roles. Everyone plays their role to perfection and they are convincing to boot. They all have this spectacular chemistry together, and the flow between them is so spot on, it is great to watch. The scenes between Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) and Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) really get the ball rolling when it comes to the events of the heist and what they are dealing with. The bond you see between Mr. White and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) is convincing as well and when you find out certain things, it does hurt and it will leave you guessing. Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) is possibly one of the coolest characters ever to be put on screen, he is bad, he is smooth and he has some crazy tendencies. I just loved the interactions between him and Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), these two work so well together and they have this amazing natural chemistry, you believe these guys are old friends. Tarantino as Mr. Brown has a small role but he does that Madonna speech at the beginning so well, he isn’t a great actor but this is certainly one of the better things he has acted in. Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) is a cool cat, he looked the role and played it just right, great stuff.
There is so much to love and enjoy with this film, I could sit here all day and just gush over it. I have seen it many, many times and I always get something out of it. I have read the script many times as well, I know it so well now, to the point when I watch it and I can quote the entire thing. I could probably act the film out with all the roles I know it that well. There is just something I simply love about Tarantino’s writing and style that just works so well for me, and who I am and what I enjoy. With all his films, for me the first is still the best and my favourite. If you haven’t seen this film, what are you waiting for? If you don’t love this film, I would love to know why too. I just love this film so much, I can’t see anyone disliking it, so perfect and so great.