I saw this years and years ago, and I didn’t like it. I don’t know why. I guess it was just the stubborn thing for me to do. I didn’t like Pulp Fiction the first time, either.
I guess I can see why people thought of this as some kind of misstep from the wonder boy, because it’s certainly way less ambitious than his last film.
But I think it’s certainly underrated. It may be his weakest feature – and that’s debatable – but it has held up much better than True Romance, the film that launched his career and which is considered part of his oeuvre even though he didn’t direct it. And it’s nice to see what he can do when he is restricting himself to actually trying to make a relatively straightforward crime caper, with limited film references.
Bonus: Tarantino’s Films Ranked
Off the top of my head, this is how I’d currently rank Tarantino’s films:
- Kill Bill
- Pulp Fiction
- Reservoir Dogs
- Django Unchained
- Inglorious Basterds
- Jackie Brown
- Death Proof