Violence and Redemption Underscore "Pulp Fiction"
"Pulp Fiction" is considered Quentin Tarantino' masterpiece; both as a
writer and director. Although it's not a perfect film and has a couple
flaws, "Pulp Fiction" has one of the greatest scripts that changed the
way films were made. The film opens with a conversation between
"Pumpkin" and "Honey Bunny" as they chat about their new plans to rob
restaurants instead of banks and liquor stores. Eventually this scene
will end the film as it doubles back on itself. Often times- and we're
seeing the case more and more with Tarantino- he'll drive a film on
dialogue instead of plot and substitute plot for senseless dialogue.
That happens here, but it works most of the time. Lately it hasn't been
working on the level of "Pulp Fiction."
Uma Thurman plays Marcellus Wallace's (Ving Rhames) wife, Mia, and her
only importance to film is to be entertained by Vincent Vega (John
Travolta) on a date that's not quite a date. I feel as if these scenes
are supposed to entertain us since it has nothing to do with the plot
that is extremely thin compared to its run time (154 minutes).
Travolta, for me, is the real stand out. When he's on screen his
scenes, whether Jackson is next to him or not, are full of energy and
pulp. He does a lot of listening, some dancing, a lot of arguing and/or
debating, and offers up a lot of great comedic moments. His best scenes
are with Uma Thurman when they go to Jackrabbit Slims. This little
date, where they talk about nothing of much importance as far plot is
concerned, is funny, engrossing and entertaining. I don't know why it
never gets old, but it doesn't. The acting between the two is great and
both were worthy of their Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best
Supporting Actress respectively. This section of the film is one of the
strongest of the three along with "The Bonnie Situation." The writing
and acting is superb in both sections. This date leads to an overdose
as Mia takes a line of Vincent's heroine. The direction here is much in
the mold of a graphic Hitchcock film. To add to the suspense the owner
of the house counts to three (Something that happens quite a bit in the
film). As he slowly counts to three we see all the nervously waiting
faces in the entire room. We get a close-up shot on the needle that's
cocked back and ready to strike. We get a close-up on the red dot where
the needle needs to hit. It slowly builds the scene and the suspense.
Tarantino handles this scene and all the others with a ton of precision
and a lot of confidence.
Tarantino makes huge strides as a director since his previous film,
"Reservoir Dogs," and a lot has to do with his confidence as a
director. The older Tarantino is too confident in his abilities. The
majority of "Pulp Fiction" has a lot of energy and snap to it. If you
watch closely to the opening scene in "Reservoir Dogs" you won't see
that same kind of crisp, confident direction from Tarantino. There are
a lot of pauses throughout that conversation and it doesn't quite flow
like a Tarantino film that we've become used to. To his credit he was
working with some B-list (Some C or D-list) actors. He's not working
with much more here, but the majority of his major role players are all
acted out terrifically with the exception of one: Bruce Willis- through
not fault of Tarantino; Bruce is just a bad actor.
The section of the film that really drags, and is noticeably behind
compared to the other two sections, is "The Gold Watch" section. This
section is incapable of greatness since Bruce Willis single handedly
ruins it with his "Die Hard" facial expressions, especially when
they're not needed. The writing here is also the worst and, at times,
puts the actors in very difficult situations. This section becomes
annoying as we hear Bruce Willis call his girlfriend- that we won't
care at all about- Lemon Pie, Sugar Pie, and retard. When he calls her
a retard it's pretty funny, but other than that this lacks the punch
that Travolta and Thurman provided minutes earlier. This section is
bloated with dialogue, bad acting, and uninteresting characters. "The
Gold Watch" has its moments and definitely picks up when we meet the
gimp and the crazy world that we fall into. It just takes too long
getting there. Christopher Walken provides a very interesting and
hilarious story of the watch that has been passed down anally from
generation to generation of the Coolidge family.
"The Bonnie Situation" may very well be the strongest section of the
film. This is where we meet "The Wolf" (Harvey Keitel) as he cleans up
a mess made by Vincent Vega in a hilarious scene where he accidentally
"shot Marvin the face." "The Bonnie Situation" offers up quite a bit of
laughs, some great acting, and a very strong ending. The film ends
where it started with Jules (Jackson) talking about changing his life
around as he "walks the earth." Thankfully Gods interventionist-like
hand, that saved him hours earlier, doesn't make him walk too far as He
has sent him a weak person for the transitional Jules to save. The film
ends on Jules changing or turning against everything he has ever done
or known. Instead of being a bad - and killing "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth), he
gives him some money, out of his own wallet, for a chance to start
fresh and redeem himself. This might actually be "Pumpkin" and "Honey
Bunny's" last heist, and they have Jules to thank for the chance at
redemption and changing their ways..
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Pulp Fiction is the best suspense thriller I have evr saw.
pulp fiction is a funny movie.
pulp fiction is really funny.
I don't remember if I saw this movie. I hope it's a good one..
a great movie but is confusing because it is showed backwards.
best tarantino there is.
The Best Film You Will Ever See!
As you can probably see from my title i like this film a lot! The
casting is brilliant: Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis,
Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken
and even Steve Buscemi makes a cameo as Buddy Holly.
The writing is extraordinary the imagination, time, planning, blood,
sweat and tears that must have gone into writing it left me speechless.
The occasional"comedy" moment in this film always lightens the mood
after a violent disturbing scene.
Samuel L Jackson & John Travolta go together so well in this I'm
surprised Tarantino hasn't thought of making a separate film with these
This film is by far the greatest film I've seen so far in my life and i
can't see Tarantino ever beating it, or in fact any other director
So to cap it all off if you haven't seen this film yet you must you
haven't lived until you have!.