Name one movie that is quoted by Priests, Hit Men, and McDonald's employees more than Pulp Fiction?
Pulp Fiction, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, follows two dinar bandits, (Tim Roth and Amanda Palmer), two hit men, (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a Mob-Boss and his wife, (Uma Thurman and Ving Rhames), a boxer (Bruce Willis), and many supporting characters (played by the likes of Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Maria de Maredios, Phil Lamarr, Angela Jones, Steve Buscemi and the Director himself, Quentin Tarantino).
Pulp Fiction takes place in an LA-esque city and was released in the early 90’s. Pulp Fiction is often considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, and I, a big film buff, agree with that statement. Pulp Fiction has a non-chronological plot as it is split into four main ultraviolent, vulgar narratives which helped cement Tarantino's style!
The First Chapter takes place in a diner resembling Waffle House and follows Honey Bunny and Pumpkin as they attempt to rob the said diner.
The Second Chapter follows Jules and Vincent as they attempt to retrieve Marcellus’s Briefcase. Chapter Three follows Vince as he (un-romantically) takes out Marcellus’s wife, Mia, on a “date”.
The Last Chapter follows Butch, a boxer, as he attempts to retrieve his father’s Golden Watch. There is so much more, but I don't want to spoil this masterpiece!
Pulp Fiction was Tarantino’s 2nd Movie, his first being “Reservoir Dogs.” He would later go on to direct “Jackie Brown,” “Death Proof,” “Kill Bill” (vol. 1 and vol. 2), “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained,” and “The Hateful 8.”
Tarantino is often considered to be one of the greatest, and most influential directors, along with Spielberg, Kubrick, and Hitchcock.
Tarantino is currently working on his 9th movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” It will take place in the late 60’s Hollywood and is a love letter to the Golden Age of movies! Tarantino says that he will only make ten movies.
Pulp Fiction has a lot of iconic lines including “Medieval
l on his Hiney,” “That is a Tasty Burger,” “I’m sorry, did I break your concentration” and the (slightly made up) version of Ezekiel 25:17, which I use in my day to day life.
Pulp Fiction also has many iconic scenes. Some of my favorites include the Gold Watch Story, the Dance Sequence with John Travolta and Uma Thurman, Marvin’s Death, the Car Talk between Esmeralda and Butch, the “Square” Scene, and The Godly Intervention. That being said, Pulp Fiction is a rather adult film and thus should be viewed by a mature and intelligent individual.
What Alfred Hitchcock did with silence, Tarantino does with small talk. In some scenes, it’s not what the characters are saying but instead what they mean. Early in the movie Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Jules, is chatting to a wanted man about Big Hukuma Burgers, but it’s not really what he’s saying, but more what he means. Instead of meaning burgers he’s threatening the man, instead of talking about coffee it’s an apology, and instead of a foot massage it’s showing that the characters respect and fear Marcellus.
Like all good movies, Pulp Fiction isn’t without its faults. There are a few continuity errors with lines and the bullets already being in the backdrop before the shot is done. But I think these faults are forgiven for they do not really impact the experience.
Some other things Pulp Fiction is known for is the mystery behind Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase. Some people think it may be his soul, due to the band-aid on the back of his head (the band-aid is there because Mr. Rhames had cut himself shaving), or maybe gold (improbable) or diamonds.
Tarantino has embraced this mystery, even making jokes like censoring interviews where he “reveals” it. I personally think that it’s the confidential records that would prove Marcellus guilty.
Pulp Fiction also has the iconic Wallet which belonged to Tarantino before it was given as a gift to Mr. Samuel L. Jackson.
Some people are thrown off by a movie due to its “age,” but as I’ve said multiple times, you cannot base a film’s quality by the year it came out. Also, a movie from the 1990’s is not an old movie. An “old movie” is a movie that came out before Psycho and even then, there are plenty of “modern” movies before then.
So, why do I think you should watch Pulp Fiction? Pulp Fiction is a groundbreaking Indie film with a low budget of 8 million dollars. This gives up and coming directors the sense that they can do great things with a low budget film!
Pulp Fiction also has an amazing story and amazing actors who bring the story to life. Watching it, you get immersed in the plot and you feel part of it, as if you are in the story! And you can’t talk about Pulp Fiction without mentioning its impactful message of staying true to your Faith or Occupation or Family!
Pulp Fiction is also an extremely well-made film, and due to this, it is considered to be one of the greatest movies along with “The Godfather” and “Citizen Kane.
In conclusion, Pulp Fiction is an amazing movie, with IMDB ranking it has the 3rd best of all time and the best from the ’90s. It should be viewed by everyone, no matter their race, religion, gender, occupation, or understanding of film!
I have always loved movies (especially horror). I'd say I'm a bigger movie nerd than most people, I don't just love film, I live film. At the age of 8/9ish I really appreciated film. When I was 9 I was even Steven Spielberg for Halloween. If you couldn't tell by my header my favourite directors are Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, James Wan, Quintin Tarantino, George Lucas, Tim Burton, M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Darabont and Wes Craven.