Quentin Tarantino will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most influential writer/directors of out lifetime (whether you like it or not). His eccentric, overbearing jabberjaw can sometimes be a lot to take. Thankfully he knows enough to limit his roles to designated scenes in his own films.
The casual conversation scripts come at us like a high budget, violent, Woody Allen movie. His personality bleeds through the audio and artsy visual production, even though he seems like the type of guy that would upper deck the only bathroom at a backyard wedding.
“OK we want to take your picture. Act casual”
Pulp Fiction is a non-linear set of short stories of a group of less than savory characters, whose lives all intersect at one point in a set period of time. A mix of realistic brutality and unapologetic humor, this film revitalized originality and creative filmmaking… As well as the stagnant career of Mr. John Travolta.
Summarizing the film is incredibly difficult as it encompasses numerous plots, with each scene barreling wildly off track, like a fat kid at an ice cream convention.
Vincent Vega (Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are career criminals, hired by Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) to retrieve a stolen briefcase.
Butch (Bruce Willis) is a struggling prize fighter, hired by Marsellus Wallace to take a dive in his next match. Instead he double crosses Wallace for his own financial gain.
Mrs. Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) is escorted on a date by Vincent Vega at the wishes of her husband, Marsellus.
Winston “The Wolf” (Harvey Keitel) is hired by Marsellus Wallace to clean up a mess made by Jules and Vincent.
Catching the pattern yet? Bottom line is, Marsellus Wallace hires a lot of people to do things and shit always happens.
Heroin, surfer music, and kick-ass pony tails.
Pulp Fiction will rightfully so go down as one of the most influential movies of our time. It is a true work of art, and a blatant contradiction to the very foundation of Hollywood high budget hits.
The protagonists are true antagonists in character.
The violence is quick and realistically brutal.
The plot takes “twists” to a new level, opening doors to the wildly unpredictable and creating a newfound tension that any scene may start in one direction and end somewhere you never imagined.
Questions such as the contents of the briefcase, go intentionally unanswered. This is a tactic that would normally be met with a rioting fanbase (See any LOST messageboard), but instead the briefcase has become an endeared mystery of the film.
Another contradiction was the use of “non-pop” music; instead a mix of forgotten songs and regional “surfer” sounds add character to the film. The creative selection of music has enabled the soundtrack to take off on a life of its own, independent of the film.
The most noticeable trait of this film is the non-linear storyline, which at the time was something the audience was not used to seeing. Viewers are seeing a film of events that are not in chronological order. In MOST cases, this would NOT work… but with the right amount of independent plot developments and storyline this movie pulls it off with tremendous success.
One of the most original movies I have ever seen. Violent, unpredictable, awkward, and funny… A mix that is RARELY done correctly on film, and this one sets the benchmark. A true masterpiece in storytelling.
Take a Sip: every time someone says the “F” word (271 sips! Get Ready!)
Take a Drink: every time someone lights up a smoke
Take a Drink: anytime the characters cross paths in the disorienting time frame of the film
Down a Shot: anytime someone sees the contents of the briefcase
Down a Shot: if you’ve never whipped out the “Travolta fingers across the eyes” dance move at a wedding.