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Pulp Fiction (1994)

US 154m, Colour
Director: Quentin Tarantino; Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis

Pulp Fiction is a highly stylized and energetic pop culture inspired crime drama with a host of eccentric characters, black comedy, an eclectic musical soundtrack and sharp dialogue, all situated in a cleverly scripted non-linear storyline. The principles provide unforgettable performances, and deliver some hilariously funny dialogue, often in the form of monologues, despite the fact that they are often conversing with each other. Cleverly scripted, the film’s improbable, but interconnected hyper-violent storylines are expertly edited bringing the opening and closing scenes full circle. Pulp Fiction takes itself just serious enough not to wander into pure camp, and provides just enough suspense and drama to be taken seriously (Klaus Ming December 2011).

5 comments on “Pulp Fiction (1994)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I’d never seen Reservoir Dogs, so Pulp Fiction really surprised me. I think it would have surprised me even if I _had_ seen Reservoir Dogs, actually. Pulp Fiction not only launched Tarantino’s career; it rescued Travolta’s career, and, more than any other movie, it launched the “indie” film movement that was a big force in the 1900s.

    That being said, and yes the language is amazing, and the performances are iconic, but my two favorite aspects of Pulp Fiction are the structure and the editing. It’s a long movie, but I had no sense of that when I was watching it, because every scene makes its point and then ends. The whole thing is really tight.

    I thought about that in the (wonderful) scene where Travolta and Thurman dance. You get the pleasure of it (as one reviewer said, it is so good to once again see Travolta’s oafishness redeemed by grace), and then the movie moves on in the middle of the dance, and you don’t feel cheated because by then you have a pretty good sense that there are more treats to come.

    All of THAT being said, Tarantino did not rest on his laurels. Pulp Fiction is really good, but it’s not even close to Inglourious Basterds. That’s a mature work by a great filmmaker.

  2. CMrok93

    Favorite film of all-time! Enough said. Good review Klaus.

  3. Klaus

    It’s one of the few films I paid to see twice in theatres.

  4. Anthony Lee Collins

    I saw each part of Kill Bill three times. And eXistenZ four tmes.

    • Klaus

      I think this has the makings of a new post…”movies i’ve paid more than once to see”.

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