Not too long ago did I have the tasteful displeasure (or distasteful pleasure) of watching John Carpenter’s now horror classic, ‘The Thing’, also being among the few movies that was able to see a reversal of fortunes as the audience started appreciating it over its time. Point being, that the theme or story motif of a group of men trapped in an unforeseen circumstance, while paranoia and uncertainty take over each one of them slowly is definitely better experienced when Tarantino does it, grooving to K-Billy’s super sounds of the 70s, and when the protagonists aren’t hacked and slashed by a shape shifting monster, but by themselves.
‘Reservoir Dogs’ is a classic in every right and a benchmark in indie filmmaking, introducing to the world the force that was Quentin Tarantino, and his uniquely bizarre style of filmmaking. It’s all there, the non-linear storytelling, the stylized violence on the beats of 70s and 80s classics, the irreverent dialogue and the long drawn, seemingly normal conversations that go on and on only as you see yourself sucked into those unwittingly so. (Remember the opening discussion about Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’?) While it is nowhere near his best work, the director having exceeded himself on several occasions after this one, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ for me will remain his most definitive work in ages. This is where it all began, and this is where he first did all things Tarantino that you know him today for. Here, we present an analysis of the ending of the Tarantino film that everybody saw after ‘Pulp Fiction’. Read on.
As far as the iconic ending of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is concerned, there is little that remains ambiguous about it, more than two and a half decades since its release. However, there are a few interesting observations in there that really warrant a discussion, as they have over various forums on the internet over the years. It is these observations that we wish to cast a light upon through this conversation.
For the sake of discussing the ending, let us rewind to the beyond iconic Mexican standoff between Mr. White, Joe Cabot, Nice Guy Eddie and Mr. Orange. As it so happens, even at this point in the film, quite a few people have turned up dead, including Mr. Brown (Tarantino himself) who was shot in the head during the heist, Mr. Blue, who is revealed to have died by Joe Cabot when he turns up at the warehouse, making only a brief appearance in the film in the opening conversation, Marvin Nash, the cop that Mr. Blonde had kidnapped as he flee keeping him at gunpoint after torturing him to within an inch of his life, shot dead by Eddie, and Mr. Blonde himself, shot by Mr. Orange who then makes the revelation to Nash that he indeed, was the undercover cop.