Those who love movies or at least watch them often know the director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino. I know him as the best director in Hollywood of this generation. Don’t get me wrong, Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, all great directors, but Tarantino tops them all. Not only does he write every movie he directs, but each one sells out just because it is a Tarantino film. My favorite films have to be “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” and “Inglorious Basterds.”
Pulp Fiction is a cinematic masterpiece with a star-studded cast and is undeniably one of the biggest movies of the 90’s that is still famous today. The movie has a perfect blend of every genre of film. It has the violence, the love, and the anxiety from the fear that your favorite character might just be killed in the next five minutes.
What I love about his movies the most is that he has written everything, so he incorporates information from his past movies into others. One example would be that the gentlemen in “Reservoir Dogs” are dressed the same as Jules and Vince (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta) in “Pulp Fiction.” Also Mr. Blonde from “Reservoir Dogs” is the brother of John Travolta’s character in “Pulp Fiction.”
Those types of little Easter eggs, as you would call them, in his movies are how you can tell who his real fans are and aren’t.
Tarantino is often criticized for his excessive use of violence. Tarantino is known to be obsessed with graphic novels, hence his film Pulp Fiction, along with the way he shot both volumes of Kill Bill. His love for graphic novels is what inspired him to be so excessive when it comes to his use of blood and gore. I personally find that the excessive amount of violence only makes his work more entertaining simply because of the way he depicts a scene. The way he writes and shoots said scene makes it more comedic because of the additional violence.
For example, in “Pulp Fiction,” a character has a gun pointed at someone’s head in the back of the car, the car goes over a speed bump, the gun goes off, the character in the back is now dead. He does it so nonchalantly but at the same time it’s filled with so much gore that you can’t ignore it. What I also loved about him is that for some of his films, he will set it to a backdrop of an interesting time in history and almost rewrite it in a sense. One example would be his film called “Inglourious Basterds,” which takes place in Nazi occupied France and follows an American leuteniant and his eight Jewish American soldiers on their trek across Germany as they torture and kill Nazis and are eventually given the opportunity to take a shot at Hitler himself.
I found the film so cool because it doesn’t just follow the Basterds story, but it also follows many other characters whose lives intertwine with theirs.
Tarantino does something similar with Once Upon a Time In Hollywood which just came out this summer and is set to the background of Summer, 1969 in Hollywood.
Tarantino is not only one of the best directors of our generation, but he’s also one of the best screenwriters. He is so creative and when he has a vision he creates it without fail.