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Pulp Fiction (1994)

10/10

The Lives of two hitmen, their boss and his wife, a boxer, and two bandits become intertwined. This results into many surreal violent scenes.

Another masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino. I remember that there were people that complained that there was too much violence in this movie. However, I doubt that such people are able to distinguish between functional violence and violence for the sake of violence. In my opinion every single violent moment in “Pulp Fiction” is functional because it creates this surreal, and intense atmosphere. Moreover, this particular sort of violence is perfectly combined with all the different soundtracks, camera angles, and mise-en-scène. Therefore, if somebody would tell me that “Pulp Fiction” is too violent then my only reply would be: “Did we watch the same movie, or are you unaware that there is such a thing as functional violence?”. Anyway, there will always be people that are unable to watch any sort of violence, and this is ok as long as they understand that it is on them and not the fault of the director. But maybe this was a 1990’s complaint from certain religious groups. 

The plot structure itself is refreshing, and is divided up into four parts. It feels like there are four plot structures that are intertwined, and each one of them has a rise, climax, and resolution. It is a perfectly executed ‘four story combined into one’ kind of a movie. I would even argue that it would be perfectly possible to create a feature film for each of the characters. Because I would love to see these two hitmen do some crazy assignment outside of the current setting. The same is true for all of the other characters because each one feels really well developed. And maybe this is one of the most important elements of “Pulp Fiction”. Yes, it is totally surreal, but everything makes sense within this setting. It is not only the setting, but also the set design that is immensely detailed. In my opinion it is rare to see the combination of a perfect setting, set design, character development, and mise-en-scène. 

But it doesn’t end there because the acting, including that of Quentin Tarantino himself, is spot on. I think that the casting director, and Quentin Tarantino himself, did an awesome job selecting all of the actors. I am pretty sure that Quentin Tarantino already had this entire movie, and every scene thought-out before casting all of the actors. 

The thing that I liked the most was the realism when it came down to the drug scenes. Every camera shot was extremely well focused to the point that you feel part of it. There are not many directors that can give you this specific feeling because it is extremely difficult to accomplish. It is like an intimate moment in which you as the audience witness that someone is overdosing on drugs. The dialogue also really helps to establish this scene as a realistic surreal moment because it is based on real life situations. The words “realistic” and “surreal” sound like a contradiction here but it is not when you watch the O.D-ing scene. The surreal part is the way that the situation is presented (setting, and set design). However, the dialogue, and specific actions keeps everything grounded in reality. Therefore, this is a perfect example of an extremely well balanced scene. And In fact, the entire movie is like this. 

Overall, I really think that “Pulp Fiction” is a perfect movie because technically everything is how it ideally should be. The story itself is highly entertaining, and it doesn’t get old. It is just one of those movies which I will watch at least once every two years. And every time I find something new to like. But this is true for most Tarantino movies because they contain a lot of references to other movies.     

Directed by 

Quentin Tarantino

Writing Credits  

Quentin Tarantino(stories) and
Roger Avary(stories)
 
Quentin Tarantino(written by)

Cast:

Tim RothPumpkin
Amanda PlummerHoney Bunny
Laura LovelaceWaitress
John TravoltaVincent Vega
Samuel L. JacksonJules Winnfield
Phil LaMarrMarvin
Frank WhaleyBrett
Burr SteersRoger
Bruce WillisButch Coolidge
Ving RhamesMarsellus Wallace
Paul CalderonPaul
Bronagh GallagherTrudi
Rosanna ArquetteJody
Eric StoltzLance
Uma ThurmanMia Wallace
Jerome Patrick HobanEd Sullivan
Michael GildenPhillip Morris Page
Gary ShorelleRicky Nelson
Susan GriffithsMarilyn Monroe
Eric ClarkJames Dean
Joseph PilatoDean Martin (as Josef Pilato)
Brad BlumenthalJerry Lewis (as Brad Parker)
Steve BuscemiBuddy Holly
Lorelei LeslieMamie Van Doren
Emil Sitka‘Hold Hands You Love Birds’
Brenda HillhouseButch’s Mother
Christopher WalkenCaptain Koons

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