I’ve decided to do something new with my reviews, something I was doing on my personal blog, Shane’s Movie Blog, for awhile now. This is where I review movies from a couple of years ago, from early 2000’s to the 1950’s or even later. So now, it’s time for Shane to bring you reviews from Out of the Past.
This week: PULP FICTION
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Travoltra, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Bruce Willis and Harvey Keitel
Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Story: Pulp Fiction follows three stories separated into five chapters. One story follows Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, two gangsters finding a suitcase with unidentified contents for their boss Marcellus Wallace. The second story follows Vincent taking out Wallace’s wife Mia to dinner and what events occur there. The third story follows Butch Coolidge, a boxer who decides not to throw a fight and begins to be hunted down by Wallace and his cats. As these stories progress we see each one form together and connect.
Pulp Fiction is Quentin Tarantino’s follow up to Reservoir Dogs, which was made two years previous. This was the movie where he began to make a name for himself and went on to make successful movies such as Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, and most recently Inglourious Basterds.
If you watch Tarantino’s films, you know most of them (in fact all of them) are dialogue driven. While this film is a little over two and a half hours long, you’re never bored by it. This is because his dialogue is so realistic and catchy and, well, fun.
While Pulp Fiction isn’t considered a comedy, there are several moments that are very funny, especially in the graphic violence. This has been a problem with some people, as around that time they weren’t used to seeing that level of violence, language, and drug use. This movie used the word “fuck” at least 278 times and the drug use was so graphic that when it premiered at the New York Film Festival, someone fainted. But a lot of the humor comes from the violence, especially during the Marvin shot scene.
The performances are staggering. Each character has their moment, even Tarantino himself who plays Jimmy, a retired gangster who flips out when Jules and Vincent appear at his front door later in the movie. With each story in the film, one specific character is the lead; Jules is the lead in the first story, Vincent is the lead in the second, and Butch is the lead in the third story. There is not a single bad line of dialogue in this movie, and every character brings a point to the scene they are in.
Many who have seen Pulp Fiction have discussed the non-linear story structure, in which we go back and forth and forward and back all throughout the movie. This is true, but it never gets to the point where you don’t know what the hell is going on (I’m talking to you LOST). Tarantino has stated many times that if he had written the story as a novel, no one would question it. I feel he is correct; nonetheless the story structure is excellent and has been done in many of his other films, such as Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill.
Overall, I can’t say enough about this movie. It’s a masterpiece without a moral (except that burgers are damn tasty), the dialogue is fun and exciting and very memorable, and it gets better every time I watch it. This is a movie that you definitely have to see in your lifetime. Now that the review is over, it’s time for you to go back to the present.
Favorite quote: “Yes you did, Brett, you tried to fuck him, and Marcellus Wallace don’t like to be fucked by anybody except for Mrs. Wallace.”