I haven't seen Reservoir Dogs since I was a teenager. A young teenager, in fact. I remember liking the film, but think I never watched it again because I was uncomfortable with the language and violence.
Rewatching it as an adult was a very different experience. For one thing, it looks cheaper to my eyes now. Quentin Tarantino did an amazing job for a first-time director, but he wasn't able to entirely conceal his budget. For another, I realized Michael Madsen is very attractive.
I mean, I've read lots of articles wondering why he isn't a big star. And I always sat there thinking, "Uh, because he's greasy and gross?" Turns out I remembered him that way because Mr. Blond is so loathsome. Madsen is actually a decent looking guy with amazing blue eyes.
And, probably most importantly, I noticed how Tarantino uses language to great effect in Reservoir Dogs. The n-word is frequently thrown around. Misogynist things are said. But the robbers, no matter how cool and sometimes sympathetic they might seem, are not nice people. The undercover cop - do I need to be wary of spoilers for a twenty-year old movie? - doesn't use the n-word, however. He also has a black boss who he respects. The cops in Reservoir Dogs aren't much better than the criminals, but there is are differences between them.
Overall, it's a great film. I am happy I saw it young, before I saw all the films it influenced, so that it still felt fresh and innovative. But I'm happy I watched it again, because I have a different perspective now.
Are there any movies that seem very different to you now than they did when you were young?