TOP 5 CHARACTERS: QUENTIN TARANTINO
I have to admit that this is one of the hardest lists I’ve ever tried to throw together. If there’s one thing Quentin Tarantino does well, it’s write great characters. However, if there’s one thing I love, it’s challenging myself. So, here’s my Top 5 Quentin Tarantino characters. Enjoy:
5. THE BRIDE (aka: BEATRIX KIDDO).
FILM: KILL BILL VOL. 1, 2 & 3 (announced)
While many will say that QT made Kill Bill because of his infatuation for Uma Thurman’s feet, I believe there’s a lot more going on here that gets ignored. Kill Bill is an interesting take on storytelling, even from a guy who prides himself on trashing traditional methods of storytelling. I think QT used it as an attempt to do what James Cameron did with the character of Ellen Ripley in the Aliens franchise. That is, to create a strong female protagonist in a male dominated landscape. Ultimately he succeeds and deserves recognition for his efforts.
4. SETH GECKO.
FILM: FROM DUSK TIL DAWN
I believe deep down that Seth Gecko is one of QT’s favorite characters. While this thoroughly enjoyable film can be easily dismissed as a low-brow genre flick, I think Gecko is a complex character. He has to deal with evading law enforcement, detaining his hostages, his dim-witted brother and, well, vampires! I also think that Gecko might be the badassest of all of QT’s characters. A character that completely encapsulates what Tarantino does best. Also, it’s a character that made Clooney’s career. A fact that is typically overshadowed by John Travolta.
3. MR. PINK.
FILM: RESERVOIR DOGS
I know that the sexy pick from this film is easily Mr. Blonde. He says cool things, dances to old songs and cuts a dude’s ear off after all. Still, Mr. Pink is not only cool as well but he’s pretty much the glue that binds these characters together. While the likes of Mr. White and Mr. Blonde are fueled by emotion as the events of the film unfold, Mr. Pink remains the voice of reason. The consummate working criminal with a cool head and his sights on finishing the job. He also provides the films comic relief at times.
2. COLONEL HANS LANDA (aka: THE JEW HUNTER).
FILM: INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
Hans Landa is probably the most mature character QT has ever written. While he may be a vicious killer, he also manages to come across as intelligent and charming. Dare I say likeable? Christoph Waltz gets mad props for giving this character its full form but QT crafted one hell of a character for him to work with.
1. JULES WINFIELD.
FILM: PULP FICTION
While Vincent Vega is probably QT’s most famous and most likeable character, I think Jules Winfield is easily his greatest. In fact, while Pulp Fiction is a series of interrelated, intertwining stories, I like the theory that the protagonist of the film is actually Jules. That he is, in fact, the Hero at the center of this Hero’s Journey. If you look at it, he’s the only one in the story that learns from the events transpiring around him and walks away clean because of it. Everyone else falls or suffers hardship. But Jules walks away like Caine from Kung Fu after delivering some of the most memorable lines ever delivered in the history of cinema!
So, what are some of your favs?