He’s one of my all-time favorite directors and he’s about to drop his eighth film this winter. The innovative Quentin Tarantino. Ever since his breakthrough film as a director in Reservoir Dogs, his style of films have become more and more noticeable as the years go by. A lot of people may know him for his recent hits Django: Unchained and Inglorious Basterds. You can sum up these movies as brutal, compelling, and downright awesome. That’s pretty much Tarantino right there; unforgiving violence. The way he presents the narrative in thrilling ways is what’s captivating. It wouldn’t be a Tarantino film without a little bloodshed. And it’s not that annoying, overused concept of bloodshed. It’s used as the kind that makes sense with the nature of his films. The narratives in his films seem to always be different from the one before. How he manages to work his magic into any kind of story is beyond us, but bloodshed isn’t the only trademark in a Tarantino flick.
If you’ve seen many of his films, you will catch something that he’s always incorporated, and that would be the famous “open trunk shot.” In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) opens the trunk to his fellow thieves to show them a little surprise he’s got. Here we see them from the POV of the tied up and gagged cop in the trunk. Another famous trunk shot is in the cult classic, Pulp Fiction. We see Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield (John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson) popping the trunk open to retrieve two guns. Those are just two of many low angle trunk shots used by this director as a “signature” in movies. The characters in his movies have an interesting way of dialogue with each other, and it makes each and every one of his characters relevant to the eye. Tarantino also tends to reuse the same handful of actors. “These people understand your world, understand your words, understand your working method. And your fans like them, they like the familiar faces,” he said once in an interview with The New York Times (a good read, if you have the time). In this piece, he also mentioned how Christoph Waltz and Sam L. Jackson turn the dialogue,”into the music that it’s supposed to be.” Recycling actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Uma Thurman has worked flawlessly.
Quentin Tarantino’s personal style is not one that can be easily cloned. It’s unique and twisted in a way that the viewer cannot turn away from. He’s integrated non-linear narratives into his films as well. With Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, he made the films a little out of chronological order. Sometimes he likes to divide his movies into chapters, laying out different character stories, and points in time. You’ll see some sort of Mexican standoff in about half of his movies. Fantastic monologues and mundane conversations are a must in his films, it seems. Overall, Quentin Tarantino’s style in directing creates a finished product that is raw, gruesome, and a pleasure to watch.