As inappropriate as it sounds, Quentin Tarantino is the big daddy of Hollywood. He has been consistently giving us movies that have us worshipping him and need numerous explanatory videos. Tarantino’s films have not only made us feel like we understand cinema but also have aged gracefully. While we could go on about how there should be an ice-cream flavor in his name, we are going to stop fan-girling and get straight to the point.
#1 Tarantino steals…straight up
In an interview, Tarantino confessed (and proudly so) to stealing scenes from iconic movies. Be it the awkward and weirdly cute Mia Wallace-Vincent Vega dance or the case of the mysterious suitcase, they can all be traced back to classics and even cartoons. Tarantino says in Empire, “I steal from every single movie ever made. Great artists steal, they don’t do homages”. You’ll see a lot of influences from western films, B movies, samurai films, and even classic films.
#2 His films are BLOODY good
All of Quentin Tarantino’s films are sequences of spectacular blood baths that reel you in with their perverse charm. However, it makes sense to have the gorgeous gore in his films. Tarantino makes movies about businessmen and professionals who happen to be gangsters and criminals, against the backdrop of a general sense of lawlessness. We welcome all the violence because it’s a little hard to believe that they close deals with mithai. The director said in one interview, “I am a cheerleader of violence in cinema. It’s like one of the reasons Thomas Edison invented the camera was to film violence because it’s so good.”
#3 His films are literature, with chapters and everything
Right from non-linear narrative to intricate subtexts to establishing strong characters through brilliant means to breaking his films down in chapters, Tarantino films are literature. His approach towards story-telling makes us a part of his story and we simply cannot disengage, not for a second.
#4 QT makes us crave revenge
We have savored the moment when Django shoots a bullet through a white man’s chest who once enslaved him or root for the Bride to avenge her loss. Tarantino makes us feel for his characters. The aforementioned violence is unleashed on our protagonists, who are considered weak or underdogs, by powerful people, and the premise is set and we look forward to these characters avenging the injustice.
#5 The Tarantino meta-universe
Made up places like Big Kahuna Burger and Red Apple Cigarettes appear across Tarantino’s films. Many characters are related to each other across movies – Tim Roth‘s character in The Hateful Eight is related to Michael Fassbender‘s Archie Hicox from Inglourious Basterds. If you look closely, Tarantino has made a universe for his films. Remember when Mia Wallace describes the pilot she is supposed to be a part of? Well, it’s not shocking that the film is quite similar to the Kill Bill volumes. “When all the characters from Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they see” – Tarantino, Project.
#6 Tarantino likes his set of actors and shots
Actors like Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, etc have appeared in the majority of his films. Apart from that, if you look closely, all his films have typical low angle trunk shots, shots of feet, references to feet, and anachronistic music – remember Mr. Blonde dancing to Stuck In The Middle With You while torturing a cop by cutting his ear off in Reservoir Dogs?
According to many sources, Quentin Tarantino has announced that he will be directing 10 films overall. However, since Kill Bill is a single film with two volumes, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood makes it his ninth venture and we are excited to know more about that. For now, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood releases on the 15th of August and we can barely breathe. It’s the first time we will see Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio together on the big screen and it seems like we have lived our life for it to culminate into this moment.
Stay tuned for our review of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and make sure you book your tickets right away.