Quentin Tarantino is one of the best directors and screenwriters working today. He has directed and written eight films (seven of which, I have seen) of his own and all of them are great (Death Proof may be an exception in my case). He is loved by many and he has taken violence in film to a whole new level and damn it, we love him for it. But, to someone who doesn’t know and is wondering why people love him so much, the same way I did in the case of Alfred Hitchcock. For those who wish to know why we love him, here are five reasons!
P.S. Keep in mind, I have not seen Jackie Brown yet…
5.) His Writing Skills
You saw this coming. If there is one major reason (apart from four others) we go to see Tarantino’s films, its his dialogue. He just knows how to captivate audiences into listening to regular conversations and lengthy monologues that his characters speak. If you go into a movie directed and written by Tarantino, you can sure as hell expect a lot of talking, but man do I love listening to it.
The one movie that shows Tarantino’s best screenwriting skills was none other than the glorious opening of Inglourious Basterds. How can you have that much tension, suspense and horror in a scene that involves two people talking to each other? The answer is Tarantino.
4.) He Is Unapologetic
Whether it is the swashbuckling sword that decapitates many heads in Kill Bill Vol.1, the multiple uses of the ‘n-word’ in Django Unchained or even the mockery of Hitler in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino neither hears nor sees what the naysayers have to say. He knows what to use and where to use it, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what you have to say. The reason I love this aspect about him is because even the objectionable stuff (as some people would consider it), actually feeds into the story. He doesn’t put it there for the sake of it. Few filmmakers today are willing to do that.
Oh, and also, I love this interview…
3.) He LOVES Violence
Do I really need to say anything about this? It is pretty much a signature of Tarantino’s. He does action that involves a lot of violence, and boy, does it look GOOD! He just knows how to do an over the top action sequence. There is more blood, more heads and more eyeball plucking than any other gore fest you may have seen in your traditional violent films. I LOVE IT. Tarantino just knows how to do these scenes without ever making you feel disgusted. Call me messed up, but if that is what I am, then I’m glad.
2.) He Always Gets the Best Performances Out of His Actors
This is a point that not a lot of people bring up. If you are a director, then your first job is to get the best out of everyone you are working with. When it comes to Tarantino’s scripts, nothing is more necessary than to have good performances for those scripts to have an impact. Tarantino is more than ready for the job.
This is more apparent in the case of Christoph Waltz who, despite having been in just two of Tarantino’s films, he has managed to provide unforgettable performances in both. But when it comes to films he does that are not directed by Quentin Tarantino, he is just not that good. Take The Green Hornet for example, his performance as the villain was just too over-the-top and almost laughably bad. But when he does a film with Tarantino, he just gives something we have never seen before.
1.) He Knows How to Entertain Us
When Tarantino is making a revenge flick, a sort-of war movie, a western or even a film that follows a non-linear plot, he knows how to make the film worthwhile. Even in scenes where two people are talking to each other for 20 minutes straight, he knows how to keep you interested. That is something that not many people can do. He knows how the film can be funny, serious or over-the-top and that is what makes him such an endearing director and screenwriter.