Starting with one of the best opening scenes, we’re then suddenly thrown in the middle of the story, after the fact of the heist has taken place, a heist which we never truly see, but gather from moments of conversations between those involved as they try to figure out how and what went wrong and who’s to blame. But, not only is this the aftermath of the event, but we get to know the characters a little better through flashback prior to the job taking place. One of the many parts I liked about the film is that it jumps around, being in the middle of a situation, we suddenly find ourselves involved in another moment to the point where we forget what was happening a moment ago and find ourselves just as invested in knowing what happened previous to the characters coming together and why it and they are important… to suddenly jump back to the previous scene which we immediately continue to invest our emotions and reason to care about those involved.
As you would expect from a Tarantino film, at least in his work of the decade this was made, the music is just as important and plays its part in the scene rather than being some afterthought in an attempt to create atmosphere. The characters interacting with the music, and in one scene which has become well known to those who grew up with this film… “Stuck in the Middle with You” was a nice touch to the moment which you would normally expect a score to pull at you in some other way. But the song heightens the moment in a way that you may not expect… maybe pull you in a direction of emotions that you may not have thought possible.
The fact that the characters seem so normal and everyday adds to the feeling that there is more at stake, and there are those who you really don’t know if you can trust or even know if you like them or not. This is one of the great crime movies of twentieth century; one which deserves the great reputation it gained at the time it was released and still has to this day. This is a film that feels perfectly grounded and low key in ways that it benefits from not trying to over doing what you may expect from such a film. The characters are not the big time mobsters, well oiled wealthy gangers, but thieves who are on their current job.