The Legacy of Quentin Tarantino

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Story by Fatimah Ali and Bridget Petersen, News Editor and Centerspread Editor

Quentin Tarantino, known for his intensely unpredictable movies and unique filming style, has been one of the world’s most distinguished writers, directors, and producers since the 1990’s. Having written sixteen movies and directed nine, he has influenced underground and mainstream film unlike anyone else. The distinctive features of his films are surrounded by the various homages and references to books, movies, and music that Tarantino has incorporated into his style.

His latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood shows the director’s love for films and acts as an ode to 1960’s Hollywood and it’s “golden age” including the horrors of the Manson family murders. Although this film is not a true story, it features real people such as Sharon Tate, Steven McQueen, and Bruce Lee. 

“I have only watched one other Tarantino movie, which is Kill Bill Vol.1,” said senior Victor Menezes. “Both have the overall Tarantino vibe of cult cinema, though they have very different ideals and stories. His style involves violent deaths, long establishing shots, and feet. Both movies are filled with those and I’d say that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is truly the ultimate dream of Tarantino. It is an ode to a time gone by that he adores, and involves as much absurdity as his mind.”

Like one of his most famous films, Pulp Fiction, this movie primarily follows three different characters in dramatically different story lines with the lives of fictional characters: Actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo Di Caprio), his close friend and stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and the very real person Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). These plots are shown to connect in a vague or obvious fashion during different parts of the movie. Unlike his affirmed action films such as the Kill Bill series, this film, though containing its own fair share of violence, lacks the same fantasy elements that leave the plot more convoluted and without the sense of nostalgia that Tarantino means to instill.

“I went to watch the movie with little to no idea about Quentin Tarantino or his movies in general,” said senior Maxwell Periu. “I recognized that his style is very unique compared to other famous directors in the way that events unfold in the movie. For example, the plot may have tricked my thoughts. At times, scenes can be confusing, foreshadowing different aspects of the movie, although the parts all come together in the end. At the end of the movie, everything made sense, although I did not expect the outcome of the movie. Overall, Quentin Tarantino is a very talented director and I would definitely see another movie released by him.”

However, to a younger audience, especially the ones unfamiliar with Tarantino’s films or the decade and historical background surrounding the movie, it most likely won’t pack the same punch as it had to the critics of the film.

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