Pulp Fiction (7/5/12)

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Pulp Fiction tells the tales of  several different completely different, but completely intertwining events.

It would be impossible for me to detail the entirety of Pulp Fiction’s plot(s) in just one paragraph so I’ll keep it high-level. Story line #1: There are two robbers (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) at a diner planning to rob it. Story Line #2: Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) both work for Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) as hit men, and Vincent has to take Marsellus’ wife, Mia (Uma Thurman),out. Story Line #3: Marsellus tries to fix a fight with boxer, Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis). All of these story lines intersect at least once, continuously adding to the cast of memorable characters.

While not his first film, Pulp Fiction is what firmly placed Quentin Tarantino as a name to watch and remains high on the favorites list of many. Pulp Fiction itself is an absolute wonder to watch, a film that is simple in theory yet complex in execution. The characters (and there are a ton of characters) are incredibly memorable and even if you haven’t seen the film before, you will likely understand several popular culture references that came as a result. The early scene with Jules and Vincent talking about burgers is particularly memorable.

There are more than a few times, if you look hard enough, when the production values of Pulp Fiction show the film’s budget constraints. Luckily, this doesn’t detract from Pulp Fiction. If anything, the production cements the themes of the stories all being pulp novels. If the film was being made now it would likely suffer from “too many celebrity syndrome”, a term I am coining right now where the film suffers because it tries to cram too many big names and it just doesn’t work (an example is New Year’s Eve).

Pulp Fiction is a raw movie that will keep you guessing, even if you know what’s going to happen you likely don’t know exactly when it’s going to happen. Not as narratively complex as a Nolan film, Tarantino’s style is in perfect form here. Do yourself a favor and watch Pulp Fiction, whether it be for the first time or the tenth.

I give it 5 “Donuts, I got donuts…Hey, I know you!”s out of 5.
(it’s one of my favorite Simpsons lines and it’s a Pulp Fiction reference)

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