This documentary looks back on Quentin Tarantino’s first 21 years and 8 movies in the industry.
By now most of us already know too well the story of the nerdy but gifted video-store clerk that would become the icon that is Tarantino. Both praised and abhorred for his overuse of drug and violence Tarantino never shied away from confronting his critics.
That is what I find stranger here. While Tara Wood’s film is beaming with energy and a good cast of Tarantino regulars from Samuel L Jackson to Kurt Russell, the man himself is absent. Most probably shooting Once Upon a Time… John Travolta and Uma Thurman too are missing.
The latter could be for understandable reasons. The whole Weinstein ordeal is only mentioned once or twice upon but perhaps that is for another documentary.
Here we travel through the years from when QT worked as an extra appearing on the Golden Girls as an Elvis impersonator while dishing out scripts for the likes of Tony Scott. Then Reservoir Dogs happened and the rest is history.
What keeps the momentum going here are the cool snippets of animation placed in between long periods of dialogue. Mind you, despite some familiar stories it’s not to say they aren’t fascinating as well as hearing new little snippets, some anecdotal some creepy.
The film is worth the watch for any new-comers as well as seasoned cinema-goers.
Perhaps it should have come out after Tarantino’s tenth and retirement but this flashy polished gem is still worth a watch.