Quentin Tarantino directs this iconic crime drama, centred on varying tales of revenge, a storytelling formula which has come to be the staple of the acclaimed director, the film stars Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames.
With so many things to talk about in regards to the film, let’s start with the ambition undertaken from Tarantino to craft an independent film of such big scale with such big stars, the drive to make a film like this as a third outing is a bit crazy but it really payed off, riding the wave of crime dramas with with a humorous, biting edge to them. Also Tarantino struck gold with his casting as he usually does, with Samuel L Jackson in one of his best career performances as Jules, a silver tongued and hilarious mobster who brings the writing to live, working alongside Vincent Vega (John Travolta).
The writing here is so, so good and it’s Tarantino at some of his most expressive and elaborate with some extended dialogue laden scenes which make for great viewing and some awesome iconic characters who never ham it up either, despite some monologues, a credit to how good everyone in the film is. In films it can be all too easy to wade into pretentious scene chewing with a lot of dialogue but Tarantino is an expert at using dialogue to further plot, keeping it snappy and actually interesting. Pulp Fiction works oddly enough because it’s so funny and enjoyable, despite being a crime drama with a fair amount of blood in it and some serious themes. Scenes like the Jules and Vincent interrogation involving bible verses, Vincent and Mia Wallaces dance, it’s all just very entertaining and the film overflowing with style, with certain chic characters like Jules and Vincent.
I love how the film works well with scenes that would be simply be scene transitions in other films, making them again into very enjoyable segues whether its the characters talking about food or how they’ll do their next job, there’s very gritty, realistic characterization there and its a credit to the writing in making such human feeling characters who mess up, get frustrated and so on.
There’s also a good use of music in certain parts, balanced with the film going without it to emphasize the gritty tone. And also there’s a great aesthetic to the film, something maybe not as talked about but the costumes, the props, all look great as do the gory effects which bring you down to earth in a film that’s almost a comedy, that feeling of bumbling mobsters going about their business evokes The Goodfellas in a way, though not to the point where you feel like it copies from it, Tarantino is known for drawing inspiration from various sources and past works so the comparison is apparent.
Pulp Fiction is a modern great, a fantastic crime drama that pulls no punches and flexes its comedic muscle as well with some brilliant writing and awesome characters with a twisting plot that keeps you engaged throughout with a few unexpected events, one of the 90s best films and a classic crime drama.
. Stellar writing and great hummour
. Has some fantastic performances
. Very engaging plot