by Daniel F '10

Movie Review: Pulp Fiction

With a cast headlined by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino did not need much help in making a modern-day masterpiece. Originally known as “Black Mask”, Pulp Fiction provides a severe level of intensity and shock throughout the film, mixed in with the dark humor of its two main characters – Vincent Vega (Travolta) and Jules Winnfield( Jackson). These two characters take a series of twists throughout the film, having their lives intervene with the lives of 4 separate criminals all in one night.
Originally released in 1994, many say that Pulp Fiction was the gateway to a generation of violence in modern film-making. Running almost three hours, Fiction is packed with climatic amounts of violence and gore, and although it doesn’t sound very appealing, it’s what makes the film so special. Tarantino manages to take a constant explosion of violence throughout the film and expand on it mentally and humorously, giving the film a mind’s worth of creativity and a decades worth of discussion.
Acclaimed critic Mick Lasalle of the San Fransisco Chronicle had this to say, “It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It’s the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.”
Raging past other classics such as A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp Fiction is ranked 5th on the IMDB top 250 movies with an 8.8/10.
Although it’s not recommended that you watch Pulp Fiction on a weak stomach, the dialog alone will leave you gripping your couch and not wanting to get up for a second of the 168 minute classic.
If you walk out of Pulp Fiction feeling that sense that something powerful has just overtaken you like many people have felt, then you should look into other cinematic thrillers by this mastermind of film-making. Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, and most recently famous, Kill Bill 1 (and 2). Tarantino has not yet made a film that doesn’t show brilliance. And Pulp Fiction is easily at the top of the list.
“Pulp Fiction” can easily be watched over and over again – just be aware that the first time you see it it’ll hit you like a bullet. By

By Mr. Lakhaney

TOK Teacher

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