Quentin Tarantino and Tim Roth – three films: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms
Quentin Tarantino – no more than his name need be said to evoke memories of his unique films be he its director, screenwriter, or producer. And for me, the satirical combination of Tarantino’s eye for the humor, absurdity, and insanity of the world is a perfect combination with the acting of Tim Roth.
Thus, the three films (with hopes of yet another eventually) in which Roth appears in Tarantino productions are favorites. Two of the films I bet most of you know, the third a bit obscure, is a comedic gem of zaniness.
Reservoir Dogs – from the cast, the plot, the performances, the writing (great dialogue) – what can be said, but watch it. Frankly, I think that sums up best any Tarantino film – just watch it. Not a lot of words to describe the unique experience of his films, as words fall short with such iconoclastic work. A jewelry heist gone terribly wrong for the robbers…and who is the snitch amongst them? The final scene – utterly perfect.
Pulp Fiction – yet another with an outstanding cast, performances, plot (the remarkable intertwining of several stories), and writing which makes for most enjoyable experience keeping the viewer spellbound to its finale. I laugh more during the viewing of this film than any other I can remember. There’s just so much to be enjoyed and appreciated. It’s packed with great scene after scene…situation after situation…and again great dialogue.
And, finally, Four Rooms – a rather outrageous ride of humor providing Roth enormous opportunity to demonstrate his keen ability to convey any feeling or thought without saying a word. That ability, using his expressive face and body movement are superbly shown throughout the film’s entirety. It’s a film I can call hilarious – and for me it’s Roth who makes it so enjoyable. I’m not one to watch the genre of comedies much, finding it rare to be amused by most, but this one I watched knowing Roth was the main character – and I’m glad I did. The story of a new bellhop…and all the characters and situations he encounters upon his first night’s duty; Tarantino directs episode 4 in the film (and appears in it as well, as he did in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction).
Tarantino’s eclectic films, his ability to get the best to be in them, and a background to career success which is a great story in itself – provides so much to appreciate – and to look forward to (with my hopes there’s a Tim Roth part in something upcoming, again).
HERE is an interesting Miramax page celebrating Tarantino’s work, and for those interested in knowing more about the Lumière Festival 2013 where Tarantino was presented the Lumière Award (and honored by others, including Tim Roth), they’ve a great website HERE.
And, finally, a little snippet of the zaniness of Four Rooms (its trailer):