Pulp Fiction

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken,  Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Maria de Medeiros, Angela Jones, Julia Sweeney, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Greene, Frank Whaley, Phil LaMarr, Steve Buscemi.

In QT’s second film, and arguably still his best, has the lives of several individuals entwined together in four separate stories. There are the two hitmen (Travolta and Jackson), their gang lord boss and his wife (Rhames and Thurman), and the boxer paid to throw a fight (Willis), just to name a few.

What is still fascinatingly brilliant about this film has and still is the screenplay. QT won an Oscar for this film, as it is dialogue heavy in the almost 150 minute run time. It feels almost comfortable, and even unheard when characters ‘talk’ to each other. The diner conversation between Mia and Vince is like two great friends, even if it is between a dangerous hit-man and his boss’ wife. The ‘comfortable silence’ of 30 seconds just elevates this.

The characters are all so well written, and so some are so likeable, despite how dangerous and frightening they can be. QT’s  ‘Jimmy’ is perhaps a self indulgent cameo with the most out of place dialogue, that was inappropriate even 28 years ago. However this is a QT movie, so anything is possible. This might be the only real negative within the whole film.

The non-linear narrative can be a little confusing to wrap your head around on the first viewing, as one character is killed half way through the films proceedings, but is still present on screen later in a moment in time that was from the ‘start’. QT has confirmed he is the master of this way of film making, and excels at it. If anything his poorer performing films do not follow the non linear narrative.

It’s very well directed, with some amazing camera angles – that QT has mastered from his absolute love of cinema. His usage of the trunk shot, as well as great cuts, and long takes are well used and mesmerising to cinephiles such as myself. This is also the first time he shows his affinity to his love of feet (with the discussion of foot massages and following Mia’s walking)

The soundtrack is sound and complements both the era of the time it was filmed and released – with the usual Blues/Mo-Town.

QT’s depiction of the crime addled Los Angeles is the forefront here, and the depravity of those who live there and are involved in the crime world. This film is not overly violent, but does however show the aftermath of violence (The Marvin situation primarily), which can be unsettling. However this is a Tarantino film, not at Disney princess film.

Still one of my favourite films


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