Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
It isn’t easy to blend different stories into one film, however, as a filmmaker Tarantino reaches tremendous feats with “Pulp Fiction”. Though some of the tales are more interesting than others, the balance between humor and violence is vivid, sharper than what one would expect from such a film. Sometimes it is the subtle moments whether noticed or not, that exemplify a great movie. This film is just like that; some particular scenes that, upon a second viewing fascinated me were in the Bonnie Situation tale. At the start of the story, Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) unexpectedly survive when a man shoots bullets at them. Following this miraculous occurrence, another sudden and abrupt event occurs. Vincent shoots Marvin in the car. This is similar to the previous scene, because it also has an unpredictable and surprising element. Putting together these scenes requires the sort of execution from a genius, which Tarantino certainly proves he is.
Though this movie runs in a strange order, which involves a stoppage of a certain event until it is continued later, it somehow works. Sure, this can cause confusion for audiences but you can’t help but admire the uniqueness and peculiarity of such film-making. Tarantino’s storytelling is immensely original, demonstrating his extraordinary gift in the area of writing.
Samuel L. Jackson delivers one of the most memorable performances of his career. As a ruthless mobster who transforms by the end of the film through an act of forgiveness, Jackson has electric screen presence and injects the perfect sort of charisma into his acting. It is notable to mention his spot-on delivery of vital dialogue in the film, especially in his diner monologue. When “Pulp Fiction” was released, the performance was a turning point in Jackson’s career; one that changed his status as an actor.
John Travolta is sensational in an iconic role that distinguished him as a star during the 1990’s. What makes his performance so unique is the fact that it is so different from what he usually does. By appearing in musicals such as “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease” in the 1970’s , Travolta established himself as an actor for only genre-related movies. However, “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that showed diversity in his roles.
The supporting cast is phenomenal with some great actors appearing for a short period of time, yet still leaving an impact on the film. Bruce Willis is stunning in the role of a boxer who will accomplish anything to find his gold watch, while Uma Thurman excels as a mobster’s hipster wife. Christopher Walken and Harvey Keitel appear in hilarious cameos, while Quentin Tarantino himself shows up for a while.
There are so many great things to say about “Pulp Fiction” that the list is never ending. My feelings towards the movie were fine when I viewed it for the first time, but upon a second viewing I recognized it as a masterpiece. Repeated viewings can change your opinion of some films.
There’s a scene in the movie where Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson) wants to get into character. What he doesn’t realize is there is no need to. His character is already a fascinating asset of Tarantino’s script.