This is 3 hours packed with dialogue, a bit too much dialogue for me. Seriously, the only way to get somebody to shut up in this film is to put a bullet in their head… which gets done often enough. I think that the constant conversation makes the film a little monotone. It’s so difficult to have moments of suspense with people just having a good old chin wag. Maybe this is what Tarantino wanted, maybe it was never intended to be an emotional roller coaster. It gives it a nice casual feel. Mixed with the use of camera angles, you really feel like a fly on the wall. But I can’t help but feel that the film is a bit long for this style of direction.
Ok, sticking with the positives, I love Quentin Tarantino’s camera angles. His classic trunk shot…
Looking up at the characters like this, they definitely feel in control. It’s as though we’re in the trunk. I don’t necessarily feel like a victim in the trunk, just somebody following these guys around. I feel like a person actually in the film. The tracking shots help with this too. When the camera steadily follows the characters, without switch of angle or interruption, you feel like part of the gang.
What was interesting, was when the camera was tracking these characters, but then stopped when we reached the destination. The actors didn’t stop, they continued and we just watched from a distance until they returned. It makes the viewer believe they’re separate from these characters. We’re not reliant on them, it’s almost as though we’re an independent character within the film.
I also liked it when we were watching through the eyes of a character.
I think that Tarantino really does a great job of making you feel like you’re in on the action, rather than just watching it from the safety of the screen. It’s all the different angles, all the peering shots like we’re looking from behind something.
All in all I loved the camera work, but got a bit tired with the length of the movie.