Master of Dialogue
by Adam Huddleston
“Master” might be a bit much, but I feel that one of the greats when it comes to writing dialogue in their work is Quentin Tarantino. I know a lot of people are put off by the extreme violence and subject matter in his movies, when you sit and listen to his characters speak to each other, you see that he has a firm hold on realistic language.
For example, look at movies like “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs”. The film characters are mostly all criminals, committing dangerous acts that none of us would ever do, but their speech is completely relatable. They discuss mundane topics like cheeseburgers, tipping waitresses, and a hunger for pancakes. This dialogue connects the movie watcher with the characters and brings them into the story.
While some may feel that Tarantino’s dialogue borders on the vulgar, each line is appropriate for the situation and executed perfectly by the actor or actress. If you have a few hours to spare, I highly recommend the aforementioned films for there plot and especially their dialogue.