HOW THE OPENING SCENE OF RESERVOIR DOGS IS ENTIRELY FORESHADOWING

Although most of the dialogue is taken up by Madonna’s talk, believe it or not, that’s foreshadowing too. The character, Mr. Brown played by the director, Quentin Tarantino, doesn’t have that big of a role in the film, although he is one of the ‘Dogs’, Mr. Brown isn’t that significant in the story. To retort this back to my point, it’s that the more times you watch the first scene you realize that it’s not the contents of what he’s saying that matters, it’s the fact he’s talking bullshit, it’s insignificant, it’s not important, exactly like his character, insignificant and unimportant to the story.

My next point leads to Mr. White. The first bit of foreshadowing I noticed is when Mr. White and Joe get a little argumentative with each other over a book. My point is that Mr. White and Joe’s arguing doesn’t just come up once, the next time it pops up is their last time, by this I’m referring to the final scene which quickly leads to a Mexican standoff. Another interesting point on Mr. White is when he finds himself in a heated debate about tipping with Mr. Pink. This isn’t the first time they’re at each other’s necks either. Later on, when Mr. Pink arrives at the rendevous they find themselves at gunpoint.

This brings me to my third point which is Mr. Pinks’s perspective on tipping. This makes him unique from the rest of the ‘Dogs’ because it is said that he is the only one not to put in his dollar, which means he’s looking out for himself, not because he was being cheap because he explains how he “Doesn’t tip because society says [he] has to.” This is foreshadowing again, to the final scene although he doesn’t actually survive, he doesn’t involve himself in the standoff and (almost) get’s away with the loot.

Another point is Mr. Blonde’s input on the opening conversation is kept to a minimum. Apart from one or two exceptions, he only says “Hey Joe, want me to shoot this guy?” as a joke when Joe and Mr. White are arguing over the book. This is foreshadowing over his character because it’s portrayed that his only interest in the film is killing, he has other lines of course and he has other traits other than insanely homicidal, but, that’s his main point in the film and that’s what he’s most remembered for.

Another interesting point to make in the opening scene is that at about three and a half minutes in you can see Mr. Pink realising he has run out of coffee and you can notice him looking around for a waitress. This was a clever little background thing to notice because a few minutes later, you hear him complaining about his cup of coffee not being filled enough times. 

Yet another point which, is kind of the obvious one throughout the movie is the mention of ‘K Billys super sounds of the seventies’ which, eventually leads to the cops’ close shave as we all know.

It is mentioned a variety of times throughout the film; Nice Guy Eddie brings it up in the opening scene and the voice of Steven Wright as some kind of radio presenter, which mentions K Billy’s super sounds of the seventies several times during cut scenes. 

Mr. Orange has quite a bit of foreshadowing, not just in the opening scene, throughout the movie. When Joe comes back to the table looking for the tip, he notices not all the dollars are there, and he asks the group who didn’t throw in, if you play it back you will notice that it’s only Mr. Orange who snitches on Pink. No one else notices or bothers to call him out but Mr. Orange snitches on him by telling Joe that it was Mr. Pink, therefore, signaling that he is the rat. 

Further foreshadowing is present in the back of the room in the warehouse when Mr White and Mr Pink are sharing a smoke and going over what happened and trying to wrap their heads around the whole shitshow that just occurred and if you look at a certain point, you can clearly see white, pink and orange bottles- except the orange bottles are seperated from the white and pink ones pointing out that Mr. Orange stands out from the rest of them and is the undercover cop. I’ve seen a few other people notice this one too and it’s right in your face but the scene where Nice Guy Eddie is driving to the warehouse on the phone, as soon as it cuts to his car, you can see an orange balloon go past, when I first watched the film I thought it was strange like why would a random ass balloon just be on a road, and I forgot about it a couple seconds later because – well a cop was just pulled out a trunk by a bunch of gangsters the colour of a balloon wasn’t at all where my mind was.

In conclusion, this film in itself is a fantastic example of Quentin Tarantino’s work, and the little details he puts in mean everything when you realize them, like Eddie Bunker the guy who plays Mr. Blue – he was a bank robber in real life and wrote a couple of books too. This film is the definition of clever dialogue, excellent watch highly recommend.

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