Published on November 27, 2020 by Darren
I published a new one As part of Piece at The dropout this evening. Yesterday was Thanksgiving and Christmas is approaching, so it seemed like a good time to talk about director Quentin Tarantino’s heartwarming morals.
Tarantino arrived as a provocateur in the early 1990s and did not cause a shortage of outrage from older and more traditional viewers. One of the more frequent criticisms of Tarantino suggested that the director was nihilistic, presenting worlds of no meaning or meaning beyond violence and chaos. This may on the surface be true as many of Tarantino’s films involve both violence and mayhem, but it profoundly misunderstands the director.
On the contrary, Tarantino is arguably one of America’s most morally conscious filmmakers. His films present characters with worlds where arbitrary forces flow through their lives, reflecting the reality of living in a world beyond the control of an individual. However, many of Tarantino’s protagonists react to this chaos by forming their own order out of it – recognizing their own meaning, constructing their own reasons. Although Tarantino’s predilection for nonlinear structures is obscured, his stories are often miniature moral concepts.